I just got a hold of the new Worship Band from Start to Finish by Jason Carson & Doug Fields and I’m really excited about it. Basically, what Carson and Fields have done is put together everything you could possibly need for your youth group worship band (I think it also applies to college and adult worship bands, but it’s specifically targeted as a youth ministry resource). It covers topics like identifying leaders, making sure all the legalities are covered, rationales and explanations of every aspect of a healthy worship band, and TONS of printable resources (training sheets, handouts, letters – you name it!).
Honestly, there’s a ton of worship band and praise team resources out there, but the difference between the others and this one, and why I’m pumped about it, is the CD-Rom it comes with. Included on the CD is EVERYTHING in the book, including the book itself. There are editable versions of all the forms and handouts so you can print them as they are or customize them to your ministry, and there is even a PDF of the entire book as well as permission to make as many copies as you want for anyone you want in your church – I plan on making copies for everyone in the youth group praise band as well as passing it on to the worship pastor so he can use it with his teams. For me, that makes it an incredible resource!
If you want to take a closer look, you can find it here: Worship Band from Start to Finish.