Worship leader depression is something we all know, and know well (if we’re honest).

Being depressed is a common thing for everybody, but sometimes worship leader depression seems like the worst thing ever.

So why is it that worship leaders are so prone to feeling down about themselves and life in general?  That’s what today’s worship leader podcast is all about.  We are going to look at why we get depressed, what we are depressed about and how we can look to he Lord to drag us out of our depression.

And trust me worship leader depression is a common thing we all face!

Things don’t go well, people criticise, you get frustrated and before you know it, you’re depressed.  Your team let you down, and you get down. Your pastor conveys to you, either by speaking or just by a look, that you have let him down, and you too are left feeling down.

Oh man, I get depressed just thinking about it, don’t you?

So settle back with a nice calming beverage, maybe a latte or a sweet tea, and get ready to explore your emotions, feeling and hurts in this worship leader podcast.  And we promise to not leave you in the lurch coping with feelings of depression, but we have some great ideas on how you can look to the Lord and triumph over worship leader depression

 

 

And if you want to learn more about worship leader depression, and how can you deal with it in a godly way so that you might be down but not out, why not join us in our worship leader academy.  We teach all sorts of things, in fact pretty much everything you need to know as a worship leader, including the practicalities of how to arrange songs, lead bands and put together stunning worship, but also how to grow in your walk with God, how to encourage or discipline your team and, of course, how you can overcome worship leader depression and every other situation you might face.

feeling downcastPsalm 42:11
Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.

Feeling downcast at some time is a fact of life.  Nobody can be on top, feeling great and full of joy 100% of the time.  Everyone faces times of pain, despair and doubt, and these can make you feel downcast, and disturbed or disquieted.

If you are feeling downcast right now, there are a few things you need to recognize.

Firstly, it is a feeling.  You are FEELING downcast, and you cannot rely on how you feel, because this changes from day to day.  You might FEEL great if your football team wins, or FEEL sad if they lose.  You might FEEL great after a wonderful worship time, or FEEL bad if it is a bit of a flop.  Learn to separate fact from feeling, and it you feel downcast, know that your God loves you and will never cast you away!

Second, read the verse again, because when you look beyond the downcast bit, the answer to your situation is right here in the verse!  Put your hope in the Lord, and praise Him.  So if you are down, praise is the antidote to the problem.  As a worship leader, you of all people should recognize the power of praise and worship in a situation where you are feeling downcast.

So start singing!  In the car on your way to work, in the shower, wherever you are, praise is the antidote to feeling downcast, and as you begin to sing the praises of the One who loves you and gave His life for you, you will begin to turn the day around and see things differently.  Don’t be a slave to your feelings, be the worshipper you were called to be, and be that person all day long!

Worship is not something reserved for the stage, it needs to be a part of your life every moment of every day, regardless of how you feel!  Start praising and hoping in the Lord who loves you, and you will have no room for feeling downcast!

worship leader podcastToday’s worship leader podcast is about being overlooked, because sooner or later it is going to happen to you!

 

Maybe its a leadership position, perhaps it is being a worship leader, or maybe you just feel overlooked and unappreciated, whatever the situation you face being overlooked is a terrible and heart-breaking feeling.  You can ignore it, you can get mad and feel unjustly treated, or you can listen to this worship leader podcast and deal with the feelings, goving them all to the Lord on moving on to greater things.

 

So if you feel overlooked or unappreciated, this is the pod for you!  Don’t let the decision of someone else let you down, and don’t get angry about it, because the Lord will raise you up in His good timing if you do not give up.  So deal with the problem, don’t ignore it or get bitter about it, because getting through this trusting God will surely lead to greater things in your life and ministry.

 

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And remember, it is easy to download lots of pods free of charge either from this site, or it is easy to download without spending a dime from iTunes, or subscribe to it so that you don’t miss any episode ever!  Nearly every week there is a special edition of the pod coming at you, so subscribe on iTunes and be part of our worship leader community.  If you like us, and I hope most of you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so iTunes knows that we’re helping you along!   Whether you are driving to work, mowing the lawn or just chilling out (maybe with a nice cup of tea!), let us teach you, brighten up your entire day and maximize the use of the time you have got for the Lord!

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Or, for anybody who is really keen to learn more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs, from discovering how to worship lead with a small band to conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, look at the full list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you are able to hear all of them!!!

OK, it will take you some time, but you will certainly get some ideas about all aspects of worship leading, how to help your voice, manage your band, and a whole host of other things (and also have one or two laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, so you can get the best information ready to apply right now with your church.  It costs a bit, but boy it saves you lots of time learning!!!

 

Depression worship leader podcastThis is a not to be missed worship leader podcast.  The guys open their hearts and reveal all about their lives, their struggles with depression and how they have beaten it.  You will be blessed and especially encouraged in your walk with the Lord and your ministry by hearing them reveal what goes on in their heads, the good the bad and the ugly!

 

If you struggle with depression, this is the worship leader podcast for you!

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This topic is so serious we decided to treat it seriously and dedicate a special pod on depression.  My brother-in-law suicided some years ago, so I am very sensitive to depression and the terrible tragedy it can cause in people’s lives.  Do not gloss over this one folks, get serious and listen to the pod because we share strategies that can help you beat depression and can seriously change your life!

And check our Facebook Page for more challenging and encouraging teaching for all you worship leaders out there!

 

And remember, it is possible to download lots of pods free of charge either from this site, or you’re able to download without cost from iTunes, or subscribe to it which means you don’t miss any episode ever!  Nearly every week there’s a special edition of the pod coming at you, so subscribe on iTunes and be part of our worship leader community.  If you like us, and I hope the majority of you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so iTunes knows that we’re helping you along!   Whether you’re driving to work, mowing the lawn or simply chilling out (maybe with a pleasant cup of tea!), let us teach you, brighten up your entire day and maximize the use of the time you’ve got for the Lord!
Click Here to Subscribe to the Worship Leader Podcast Now!

Or type this into your browser: http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss

Or, for anyone who is really keen to understand more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs, from discovering how to worship lead with a small band to conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, take a look at the entire list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you can hear all of them!!!

OK, it will take you a while, but you will definitely get some ideas about all aspects of worship leading, how to help your voice, manage your band, and a whole host of other things (and still have a couple of laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, so you are able to get the very best information ready to apply now with your church.  It costs a bit, but boy it saves you lots of time learning!!!

 

 

 

 

As a worship leader, one of the hardest things to do is to learn how to lead praise and worship when you are feeling down.  I know we read in the scriptures about Paul and Silas praising God in prison, but if you have had a tough week, a personal tragedy or struggle with depression it is entirely normal to struggle also with leading others closer to the Lord.

Yet if we really are servants we need to learn how to lead worship no matter how we feel, whether happy or sad, high or low, depressed or rejoicing.  Our calling is a noble one but it can also be a difficult one because most of us are emotional beings.

How to Lead Praise and Worship When You Are Empty

When you are on top of the world it is easier to lead your team forth in triumph.  However, if you are feeling low for any reason it is much harder, so it is important that we learn how to effectively lead praise and worship in those circumstances.

The most important thing to think about if you are feeling down is that, while we are weak, He is strong.  Real faith is there whether we have the feelings or not, so if we are empty and lifeless it is a real opportunity to let Christ shine through us.  As John said, “He must become greater, I must become less.” (John 3:30)

When we lead our congregations at times we are so empty and we have nothing to offer.  It is here that we may discover a true secret to how we can really tap into the depths of our walk with the Lord and our worship of Him.

Leading When You Are Angry

how to lead praise and worshipSometimes we may simply be feeling angry, maybe at something that happened on the way to church or even with someone in the band, singers or sound.  In these circumstances we need to avoid feeling righteous, or even right, forgive and move on.  I use to have a sound guy who would explode minutes before every service, ruining the atmosphere and setting everyone on edge.  You cannot budget for these things, but you need to do all you can to address the situation with grace and love, then forgive and move on.  More is at stake here beyond your pride!

Worship Leading in Any Circumstances

If we are to become true servants of the Lord, the Pastor and our congregations, we need to be brave enough and humble enough to lay situations, feelings and hurts aside, and get on with the job of leading praise and worship.  This is part of our challenge, but also our joy!

If we want to be the best at what we do, we must not collapse under the weight of sadness, emptiness, anger or circumstances.  We must learn how to lead praise and worship by resting in His strength and allowing Him to lift us above the circumstances and feelings.