Pastors: How to Find the Right Praise and Worship Leader

praise and worship leader  Being the right praise and worship leader for your church is a key consideration for most Pastors and Leaders in church. Put the wrong guy, or girl, in this job, and your life can be made a misery. Get it right, and your church will begin to flourish even more.

So Pastors, be very careful when you select your worship leaders. It may not be the guy with all the musical talent and it may not be the best looking girl or the one with the big voice. What you really want is God’s choice, and while I cannot hope to make that choice for you, I can help to steer you in the right direction…

Pastors: How to Select the Right Worship Leader

1. Select leaders of ability: 

Just because they can sing or play, does not mean that they can lead an entire band. Your prospective leader should show leadership qualities in other areas, such as secular work, cell groups, evangelism, kid’s ministry, etc. Being a worship leader is exactly that: leading! So a great musician is not necessarily a great leader.

2. Select leaders of some musical ability:

They don’t have to be musicians or singers, but man it helps! You will find that if the person leading has a good knowledge and feel for music that the worship will tend to flow a lot more. Again I stress that the best musicians are not always the best leaders, even though they know the music side of things well. However, having a good knowledge of music and how it fits together in worship is a huge asset.

3. Select leaders who are teachable:

Great leaders are teachable. If they are not, you don’t want them, and it doesn’t matter if they are Mozart or Beethoven! You have to trust them, you have to work with them and you have to live with the consequences, so do yourself and your people a huge favour and chose humble, teachable leaders.

4. Select leaders who take responsibility:

If something happens and the worship is not all it could be when I am leading, then it is MY FAULT! I don’t blame the piano player, the singers or the pastor. It is my job, my passion and my joy to lead the worship, and my responsibility when anything, small or large, goes wrong. This pretty much ties in with the teachability thing, so look for leaders who care passionately about leading others into worship. Passing the buck is not on in the worship team. The buck stops with the leader.

If a worship leader really bombs out in worship, then I take it very personally as worship director, and move to deal directly with the problem. Don’t blame others, but be responsible.

5. Select leaders who love what they are doing:

It is not enough to be good at it, they must be passionate about leading people into worship. As a leader, I love, and get a huge amount of joy, out of seeing others lead into worship, to a greater and deeper experience with Jesus. This takes on a whole new perspective when, as is often the case with big churches, the worship leader is paid. If anyone does this for the money alone, I believe they are PROSTITUTING their gift. If pay is there, fine, but let us never see this as a motivation. Jesus did not die on the cross to give us a job!

6. Select leaders who lead by inspiration: 

There is a school of thought these days that leaders upset everyone because they are strong leaders. They make sure everything is done their way, or the offenders are out! They force their opinion on others and make them obey. I don’t believe these are strong leaders; these are dictators! True leaders inspire others to follow. They are firm where they need to be, but usually smooth over offenses by leading with humility and gentleness. They don’t offend the whole music team, they inspire them. These are the worship leaders you want.

I would hesitate to place someone who is not musical into the role of worship leader, because it makes it so much harder for them. That is not to say it cannot be done, but be careful. Believe me; it is easier to not appoint someone than it is to remove them from to job.

Praise and Worship Leaders: How to be the Right Leader

Here’s a quick word of advice to worship leaders: YOU ARE NOT GOD!!!! I’m one of you, so I can say things like that! You must never operate out of fellowship with the pastor. If you disagree, then you should defer to him, even if he is wrong. However, this does not preclude offering your opinion. Whatever happens, you need to be subject to him, and if you cannot be, tender your resignation and move to a church where you can serve with a clear conscience.

Here are some suggestions on how to serve your pastor:

How to lead praise and worship1. Have a real desire to serve the pastor:

Tell him you want to serve his vision, not your own. You have desires and visions in the Lord, but you will never put those before the pastor’s vision, because he is the leader of the church. I can testify that, as I served Bill Newman and ignored my own desires for success in music, the Lord opened the door to allow me to realize my own dreams, through Bill’s ministry. If you have a dream, make yourself subject to Godly Leadership, and watch the Lord bring it to pass!

2. Ask what he wants:

Does he want special songs that fit with the message? Does he want a specific style? If the congregation is above 70, chances are they don’t want rocky music. If they are young families, they may not be happy with all to wall hymns. Does he want open worship? If your church or your pastor is uncomfortable with certain things such as open worship, singing in tongues or hand raising, you’d better find out before you lead worship!

3. Ask about the format of the meeting:

Where is announcements, offering, etc? What type of song does he prefer for these? Discuss options with him and mention specific songs.

4. Ask about music being played behind prayers:

Some pastors love it, others hate it. If you have visiting ministry, ask them what they prefer, because not everyone is the same. You are there to serve, so do your best to do all that is required of you.

5. Ask how much talking he wants: leading worship

You are not there to preach, so ask if a prayer of, say, 30 seconds or the reading of a passage of Scripture is appropriate. Pastors hate having their meeting hijacked by the worship leader!

6. Ask how much time the pastor wants you to take:

AND KEEP TO TIME!!! Whatever the Spirit may be doing, do not dishonour your pastor by going over time. If God is about to cut lose in worship, ASK the pastor if he wants to continue or stop.

7. Never criticize the pastor:

Even if you feel he has made an incorrect decision, never criticize the pastor to others in the music team. You are there to serve, and if you feel his decision stopped the move of God, let God sort it out.

8. Remember, you are responsible for how the worship goes:

The buck stops with you, so if the worship time is poor, don’t look to blame the drummer, the guitarist, the organist, the singers or the overhead operator. The fault is yours. Deal with it, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

9. Be an inspirational leader, not Hitler!

As mentioned in the pastors section, there is a school of thought going around that real leaders are strong and offend everyone. “It’s my way or the highway, dude!” This is, I believe, poor leadership. If you have to constantly force people to obey you, then you are out of your league. You need to lead by inspiring them to follow you, encouraging them when they fail and rebuking them with humility and grace when they disobey. This is not being soft, or trying to be popular, but in my experience really good leaders are popular, even in the face of unpopular decisions. By the same token, if someone refuses to tow the line, strong action may need to be taken. I have a chapter later in the book on Band management to tackle such issues.

I have been on stage several times when, in my opinion, worship has really bombed out. On one occasion, I was merely playing bass, and thus could not influence proceedings, but once or twice with Bill Newman I have come and apologized to him for my worship team missing the mark. He consoled and encouraged me, but I tell you when I walked out on stage the next night I was making doubly sure that the band was on the ball and the mistakes did not happen again. Accept responsibility, then change it!

You see, if you want the many, many great things that come with being a praise and worship leader, you have to be prepared to take the difficult times as well. If something goes wrong, don’t persecute yourself. Examine it, find out what went wrong and change it. Feeling sorry for yourself cannot be part of leadership, because it makes you useless to both your pastor and the Lord.

So inspire your people and lead them with confidence, because your pastor had confidence in you when he appointed you. Don’t let him down, and don’t let yourself down. Study the above points, make them part of your leadership life, watch God give you the privilege of leading folks into His presence and also bringing the best out in your troops. Remember, you are anointed, special and tremendously privileged! You are a praise and worship leader!

Worship crowdBefore you skip this article thinking it will be dry theology worthy of a 19th century seminary, take a little time to pray before you read on and read more about the biblical basis for praise and worship.

Praise and Worship is a common thing in churches these days, but we need to know that is has a Biblical basis, because we do not want to be doing things that are not part of what God is doing. If we sing songs in church then we must know and understand the reason we do this, rather than simply singing for the sake of singing.

There have been volumes written about the biblical basis for praise and worship, so I will not attempt to cover the entire subject, and for that many of you will breathe a sigh of relief. If you are really into this area, please feel free to go and buy a gazillion books on the subject, but for those of you who want to keep it more practical, please read on. If you truly want to know and draw close to the heart of God, don’t skip this chapter, but take a few moments to plunge your roots deep into the foundation of Biblical knowledge and history.

What is Praise and Worship?

Praise and Worship is not the warm up to the main event of preaching, it is not the support act and it is not something we do while the late people are trying to arrive. It is, or at least it should be, an intense time of communion with God. It is fellowship with other believers as you gather around the throne of your great Daddy and it is a foretaste of what Heaven will be like. If you don’t enjoy worshiping God here, then Heaven may be long and boring for you!

Praise and Worship was always part of God’s plan, from before the beginning of time.

Creation praises Him: (Is 44:23; Is 52:9; 1 Chron 16:32; Ps 98:8; Ps 66:4).

Angels praise Him: (Job 38:7; Rev 5:11).

Mt Gambia worshipIndeed, Lucifer (Satan) was created to praise the Lord as well, and seems to have been somewhat of a music leader in Heaven, until He fell (Ezekiel 28:11-19). This might give you a hint as to why Satan uses music to access the minds of people, especially youth, to direct them to Himself. As is typical of musicians, and I say this as a musician, we love directing people towards ourselves. To completely but truthfully destroy a beautiful song, “I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about MEEEE!!!!!” (Apologies to Matt Redman for that one!)

The saints also praise the Lord (John 4:23; Revelation 4:11) and they sing the song of redemption, blessing and praising the Lord.

Throughout the Bible mighty men of God have loved to worship Him, people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel and so on. The best know worshiper is, of course, King David, and for anyone truly seeking the heart of God, he is an excellent person to study and learn from…

King David

David was an awesome king, but you may not realize the place that worship had in his heart. God described him as a “man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14), and even though he sinned big time, God still delighted in him because of his heart of worship.

In fact, David designed and produced 4000 instruments for temple worship (1 Chronicles 23:5). String, wind, brass, percussion and the like, and he designed the format for a lot of the worship in 1 and 2 Chronicles. They worshiped 24 hours a day in shifts, so that the Lord’s altar constantly was covered in the praises of His people. We might remember David for his tussle with Goliath, or his sin with Bathsheba, but I tell you this guy really knew how to worship!

Solomon

Solomon, David’s son wrote over 1000 songs. God gave him wisdom and wealth, and worship. Unity was a key theme as they all worshiped with one voice (2 Chronicles 5:13). When they worshiped in unity, suddenly the cloud of God’s glory filled the place. No flesh glories in His presence.

Singers and Musicians

Obviously the basic building blocks of a music worship ministry are singers and musicians. They were appointed, ordained and equipped for this ministry (1 Chronicles 15:16-28), separated and under supervision (1 Chronicles 25:1-7) and instructed in the songs they would be worshiping with.

David’s tabernacle had 288 singers (1 Chronicles 25:7) and a music director, Kenaniah, who had the favour of God (1 Chronicles 15:22,27). He was described as skillful, challenging those of us who follow in his footsteps to be the same. We need good ability but also good anointing. He led various ranks of singers (1 Chronicles 15:16-18; 16:37-41), was chosen by name and recognized for his gifting. The music team in David’s Temple were skilled and they were honoured for this skill.

They were employed in their work of worship (1 Chronicles 9:22, 36 and on) and conducted song services (1 Chronicles 6:31-2). They had to wait for their office (2 Chronicles 7:6, 35:15) just as we sometimes have to (Romans 12:7).

They received their portion (Nehemiah 7,10,11,12,13) and functioned in their allotted courses or shifts (1Chronicles 25:1-21).

Take Home Message for Us

biblical basis for praise and worshipThe above list of scriptures is by no means exhaustive in any study of the biblical basis for praise and worship. These are just a few that to whet your appetite, and hopefully cause you to see that we as musicians, singers and worship leaders have a responsibility to live up to. We have to wait on God, seek God and be both skillful and teachable (Ps 33:3). We need to work hand in hand with the pastor and seek to serve him, and the congregation. We desperately need to avoid the ego displayed by Lucifer, choosing to remain humble, lest God humble us.

If we need humbling at some point, remember that God can humble a person without degrading him, and exalt a man without puffing him up.

Music: The Powder Keg!

Music is unbelievably powerful. It changes attitudes and opens hearts to engage directly with the Lord. Music can sooth the savage beast, rev up excited teenagers at a rave party, or inspire soldiers on their way to war (such as the Nazi march, “Deutschland Uber Alles”).

Music is so powerful that it can add to any experience, good or bad. Try watching a few movies, and pay attention to what the music is doing, and you will see my point. From the short, stabbing pulse of “Psycho” to the long, gentle Gaelic lilts of “Titanic”, music effectively reaches into our hearts and caresses, even manipulates our spirits.

I clear and unashamedly make this statement: We MUST learn to harness the power of music so as to more effectively lead our people. Now, before you hop on your high horse and accuse me of manipulating the emotions of gullible people, bear in mind that this same tool is being used constantly in relaxation music, inspirational music, advertising, gyms and a host of other places. You know that feeling you get as you listen to a favourite love song and it brings back pleasant memories? Same mechanism! You see, music bypasses our minds and appeals directly to our emotions, and that is why it is so powerful.

Music can also be destructive, even within the church. In society, many psychiatrists recognize that music can powerfully stir emotions and drive addictions, and it has been well documented that some heavy metal music has driven teenagers to suicide or murder.

Within the church, music can be hugely divisive, the cause of church splits, and a constant source of misery for the pastor and leaders. The young want their style, the oldies want theirs, and sometimes it can degrade to all out war!

So, as a worship leader, you need to find the style which suits not only yourself, but your people as well. No style is right or wrong, but you will find that Thrash music is not a huge hit in a traditional Presbyterian church (in the same way the 16th century hymns don’t go over big at a U2 concert!)

“Let’s Not Become Too Emotional, Brother!”

In the Western church we have somehow achieved elevated levels of paranoia regarding emotions in the church and, in particular, church worship. Following the Greek model, we attempt to analyze and intellectualize all aspects of church life, fearing anyone and anything that appears too “emotional.”

Now, let’s be very, very clear about this. My Salvation is a Scriptural fact, and not in any way dependent on my emotions, or how I feel. The basis of my assurance is 1 John 5:11-13, John 5:24, Romans 10:9. However, I cannot deny the fact that I am an emotional being. I feel emotions, I express emotions, and my interaction with others, and with God, is emotional.

It seems silly to me that the same people who sit like stones in church, void of any emotion, go as crazy as the next person when their team scores the winning goal. Guys, if you can get that excited outside of church at a football match, why not let yourself go and get that excited about the Lord! You can really see the heart difference when we stand like statues worshiping, while David stripped down to his jocks and danced about the place.

How’s Your Serve?

Leading in worship is a huge responsibility which requires a serious commitment on the part of all those involved. It has a Biblical basis, but that does not mean it has to be a mechanical, unemotional or boring experience.

The Bible teaches us that music ministry, like any other ministry, is all about serving. To become worship leaders, we should have some real, genuine skill and talent, but these must be offered as gifts to God, and not used to build ourselves up. Moving into music ministry is moving into front line service, and we must serve the Lord, the Pastor, the Church leadership, the people and each other with gladness and humility. That’s why we need to know the biblical basis for praise and worship!

Worship Leader PodcastHi one and all, here is another worship leader podcast, despite the cyclone that we have just experienced here in Queensland, Australia!  So, in among the fallen trees, power cuts and tons of rain, we thought talking about how to run your worship team when lots of them are away or missing was a good and timely topic.

 

There will be times when people on your team are not there, for a variety of reasons.  They may they you down at the last minute, or give a bit of warning, but when you have a smaller team, how do you cover the absences?  Some members of the team you can get by without, but others like drums or bass are just a bit noticeable if they are missing, aren’t they?

 

In today’s worship leader podcast, we give practical ideas on how to cope with team members being missing!

 

But we don’t stop there!  we have great ideas on how you can change worship up a bit and make the absence of team members a plus!  We’ll show you how to make your smaller team create a wonderful, incredible and amazing presence of God, and turn absences around to make them the best worship you have ever had in your church.  Bigger is not necessarily better, and you will discover on today’s exciting pod!  Just grab a cup of tea, click below and start listening to the craziest team in worship!

 

And don’t forget, you can download lots of pods for free either from this site, or you can download the pod for free from itunes, or subscribe to it so you don’t miss any episode ever! If you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so itunes knows that we are helping you along!  So, driving to work, mowing the lawn or just chilling out (maybe with a nice cup of tea!), let the worship leader podcast teach you and maximise the use of the time you have for the Lord!

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Or, if you are really keen to learn more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs and of course conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, check out the total list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you can listen to 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 have a few 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 in your church.  It costs a small amount, but boy it saves you a lot of time learning!!!

Click on the player below to listen to the latest Podcast…

Worship Leader Podcast

Passion is the theme of this worship leader podcast, and we are passionate about keeping you passionate!  Join the gang as they open their hearts and reveal all about their passion for worship leading, the times they have struggled with lack of passion, and how they overcame it!

 

If you are struggling to stay truly passionate, then this worship leader podcast is just the thing for you!

 

passion worship leader podcastSo, tune in and get ready to learn some valuable lessons about passion for your worship.  And don’t forget, you can download lots of pods for free either from this site, or you can download the worship leader podcast for free from itunes, or subscribe to it so you don’t miss any episode ever! If you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so itunes knows that we are helping you along!  So, driving to work, mowing the lawn or just chilling out (maybe with a nice cup of tea!), let the worship leader podcast teach you and maximise the use of the time you have for the Lord!

Click Here to Subscribe to the Worship Leader Podcast!

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

Or, if you are really keen to learn more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs and of course conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, check out the total list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you can listen to 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 have a few 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 in your church.  It costs a small amount, but boy it saves you a lot of time learning!!!

Click on the player below to listen to the latest Worship Leader Podcast…

 

Worship Leader Podcast

When you lead people in worship, how can you tell if it’s too loud?

Years ago when I was in a Christian rock and roll band, we used to have a saying :” if it’s too loud, you’re too old. “
It’s a funny saying and for a rock band it’s probably right, but when you lead people in worship, this does not necessarily follow! As a worshipleader, I’m not sure excessive loudness fits in the music service of a church.
When we lead people in worship, we have the amazing opportunity to bring people into the very presence of God. This is our calling, our priestly responsibility and our privilege.
When we lead people in worship, there is a number of essentials that go into the mix to make for a great worship service.  Volume is most often not one of these!

The Essential Mix to Lead People in Worship

Prayer and preparation are on the top of the list.When I lead people in worship, I spend a number of hours in prayer and preparation. I give myself to reading God’s word and there are a number of devotionals I love to read. During this time I pray about the songs that I am going to do for that meeting.

Lead people in worshipAnother important ingredient is great unity in the band. At practice and on the day of the service, it’s important that we have a like mindedness

and a singleness of purpose. This includes every member of the team: drummer, bass guitar, lead and rhythm instruments, vocalists and the sound man/woman. Unity is imperative to a great worship team. Scripture says that when we have unity, God commands the blessing.
Song choice and good flow from song to song is also very important, as is knowing when to modulate, when to have light and shade (loud and quiet).
The last thing I want to mention here is the reason for and the theme of this blog.

I visited a Church recently and while I enjoyed the service, in the worship I was “confronted” by a wall of sound. While the music was good and the mix was balanced, it felt more like I was at a concert than at a worship service. As I observed the band and the interaction with the congregation I couldn’t help it think that something was missing.

 

When you Lead People in Worship it Involves Everyone

Worship in a church service should be a corporate event. That means that everyone should be involved in the worship, the band and the congregation. I could not hear any of the congregation singing. Come to think of it, I couldn’t hear my own wife. Her lips were moving but I couldn’t hear her. If you are in worship and you can’t hear the congregation, it’s too loud.
It’s important to have a good sound balance coming from your front of house. If its too soft you have no control of the intensity of your mix and

people can’t hear you. If its too loud, people can’t hear themselves, and that doesn’t lend itself to great corporate worship.
Everyone involved in the production of the Worship service is important and a good mix is vital to the success of each service.
When you lead people in worship, inspire them, encourage them but don’t deafen them!

Want to know how to lead worship with power?  You need to think about 2 issues if you’re going to grow to be a powerful leader in your church, then you need to learn the best way to develop them instead of having either one or the other.

How to Lead Worship With Your Heart

how to lead worship with anointingThe first area you must look at is your personal heart, and particularly your relationship with the Lord.  To be effective your heart has to be close to Him and you need to promise to serve Him faithfully with your whole being.

So learning how to lead worship starts with a humble spirit, open and thirsting for God.  In addition to a vibrant devotional life it is advisable to just be sure you keep away from sin, especially the commonest ones for this profession, which are lust and pride.

By walking near the Lord you learn how to lead worship with humility and a servant’s heart, and this makes it easier to guide your congregation into deeper worship.

How to Lead Worship with Your Skills

Learning how to lead worship doesn’t cease with having a right heart.  In addition you will need to learn skills necessary for the job, and train in these effectively.  These skills include things like

·    Arranging songs
·    How to go up keys, and the appropriate time to do so
·    Team management in order to produce the very best they can in worship
·    Microphone strategies, and different technical aspects of sound
·    How to decide on the right songs, and tips on how to introduce new songs correctly in order that your people embrace new material rather than reject it
·    How to flow songs together to create a worshipful environment
·    Easy methods to lead worship with authority, even when things go wrong.

There is so much extra to learn to help you obtain the skills you want to develop into a powerful leader in music in your church, but you will need to note this:

To lead successfully you could develop both elements in your life, not one or the other!  Don’t have all relationship with the Lord but no skills, and don’t neglect to learn the skills needed for the job and only spend time getting close to Him.

So, develop both areas as rapidly as you can.  Keep a vibrant and dynamic relationship with Jesus, but in addition get the most effective training you possibly can to learn the methods and tips for worshiping.  Combining these two can assist you to learn how to lead worship that transforms your church in little or no time!

This is why we have this website… the teach people how to lead worship in the most effective and fastest way!

I love being a praise and worship leader!  I love the calling, I love seeing the congregation respond and I even love the preparation, practice and set up!  Being a praise and worship leader is an integral part of my life, whether I’m active in leading, traveling to new audiences, recording or just sitting around strumming a guitar in my cell group.  I would rather be involved in the worship of the church than in any other department, even though the work demands from being involved in this aspect of ministry can be higher than in many other areas of the church.

I know many of you love being a praise and worship leader too!  While some of you may be frustrated or discouraged in your calling, I hope that this discussion of why I love what I do is an encouragement to you in your own situation.

The Calling of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

praise and worship leader DarinI love the fact that I’m called to be a worship leader!  God has not only laid this ministry on my heart and given me talents to use, but He has also challenged and developed it over time.  In fact, while some people in the various audiences around the world where I ministry would see my ministry as the finished product, I can assure you that my worship leading is part of the long, sometimes painful and still currently continuing education process!  You never actually arrive as a praise and worship leader, you keep developing and learning through the years!

All of us faced disappointments, discouragements and difficult times in our lives and in our ministries.  One of the greatest sources of encouragement in these tough times is the sure and steadfast knowledge that you have been called to this ministry.  If being a praise and worship leader is part of God’s calling on your life, then don’t give up and don’t turn aside from the way that he is ordained for you, no matter what the discouragements or external pressure may bring.  You are called, regardless of the circumstances, and that is enough!

The Challenge of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

Another thing I love about being a praise and worship leader is the challenge that it makes on my life, my walk with the Lord and on my musical and singing abilities!

In any ministry there’ll always be challenges and it is our triumphs over these challenges that build character into our lives.  Worship leading is not so much about self-esteem and self-confidence as it is about self-discipline, because we need discipline to meet the challenges that we face, and to overcome them in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Some of the challenges we face are musical.  We must learn to select the right songs and arranged them in innovative and attractive ways.  We will be challenged in our singing and musical ability, so we must constantly be improving our talents, honing and sharpening them regularly.

Some challenges we face are spiritual, so we must rise to the occasion and make sure that our life with the Lord is on track!  It is not enough to look good on stage when our personal life with Jesus is a fraud!  Who we present as onstage must be a reflection of who we are in the prayer closet, and this is a constant challenge to keep us humble and seeking the Lord at ALL times.

One of the unrecognized challenges of being a praise and worship leader is in leading our team and again we need the Lord’s wisdom as we lead.  It is not enough to be a great singer or musician, we need to be great leaders of the men and women in our team.  We need to inspire them, sometimes rebuke them and always be available to them to deal with any challenges that they face.  We need to deal with conflicts between team members, and recognize that we are responsible for the spiritual walk of all the team members if we are to become great and effective worship leaders.

The Joy of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

Along with the challenges there are also many wonderful joys in being a praise and worship leader.  When I overcome challenges this will bring me joy.  When I see our team growing in the Lord as well as gelling together as a band, this too brings me joy.  Even little things like hitting a great harmony or arranging a song in a new and exciting way bring me joy.

I believe that the ultimate joy of being a praise and worship leader is when we look out across the congregation and we see people worshiping the Lord with all their hearts.  The joy of knowing that I’m able to lead people into a deeper and more meaningful experience of God is a joy like no other, and seeing this makes up for all the hours of practice, the dealing with challenges and conflicts and the time given up to spend in preparation for the church service.

This to me is payment in full!  At the end of the church service, I want to know that I have been a good and faithful servant and there is no greater joy than that.  Standing on stage in seeing people in the audience losing themselves in worship and adoration of the Lord fills my heart with joy, and if you have the same calling as me I know it will bring you joy as well.

That’s why I love being a praise and worship leader!

Being a new praise and worship leader can be one of the scariest ministries in the church.  It is not so much whether you can sing or play, but the very fact that you have to lead your congregation to a deep relationship and experience of the Lord can be a scary thing.  Doing this with a group of talented and gifted people can also make becoming a new praise and worship leader terrifying!

 

The First Challenge of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

 

Praise and worship leaderEvery church ministry has its challenges, but becoming a praise and worship leader is one of the most public areas of the church.  This means that everything you do, sing and say is in front of the people who know you best, your strengths and your weaknesses, and the end product of your ministry is one of the most controversial in the church.

 

The first major challenge for a praise and worship leader is the fact that you are public, because if you make mistakes, everybody knows!

 

The Second Challenge of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

 

The second challenge is that you are working with a group of talented, gifted and often very sensitive individuals.  Being a praise and worship leader is first and foremost about leading, leading your congregation in worship but also leading your team.

 

Most often the praise and worship leader faces a team who are more talented in music than they are, and this is indeed a challenge!  However, you must remember that your calling is to lead, not play and sing and be a star!  Leadership skills are vital at this point, because many of your team will be sensitive to criticism, sometimes prideful and often aggressive about their sound.

 

The praise and worship leader must lead with dignity, honesty and genuine love for their team.  They must be firm but kind, available always and often they become a counsellor as well as a worshipper.  Leading your team involves musical knowledge, sensitivity to the Lord and a pastor’s heart of love!

 

The Third Challenge of a Praise and Worship Leader

 

The third challenge is to lead the congregation closer to God.  It sounds easy, but any praise and worship leader will tell you it is not that easy!  You need to keep your heart right before the Lord, your spirit gentle and open and you need to take chances and put the people before your own musical tastes and desires.

 

Above all, you have to be a humble servant, serving your team, the congregation, your pastor and the Lord Himself.

 

The challenges for a praise and worship leader are great, but with a humble heart, the right training and sensitive leadership you can rise to the challenge.  If God calls you to this ministry, rejoice and start training because with the right attitude and a little bit of learning I believe you can become a great praise and worship leader!

Who is a worship leader and what exactly does he or she do that is different?  Many people recognize worship leading as a person standing at the front of a church singing and encouraging others to sing, but as someone who has been leading praise and worship for decades, I believe that our calling is far greater and runs much deeper than mere song leading.

Who is a Worship Leader Called to Be?

Who is a Worship LeaderFor someone who is a worship leader, the first question is who were you called to be?  I believe that the name of the ministry describes what the Lord has called actually us to be… both worshippers and leaders at the same time.

Leading worship may seem like you are conducting a sing-a-long, but is this who a worship leader is really called to be?  We need to be worshippers ourselves, but we also need to be leaders, leading our congregations and our team members with confidence and power.  It is not enough to have a good voice or to play the guitar or piano well.  We are called to be leaders, and we must lead our team with humility and strength as well as wisdom and love!  We must lead our congregations and our band with true and God centred inspiration, not with heavy handed aggression.  Real leaders lead by inspiration, not intimidation, so if we are to truly recognize God’s calling on our lives we have to become the leaders He has called us to be.

Who is a Worship Leader Gifted to Be?

You see, I believe that when the Lord chooses you and gifts you that He also raises within you the ability to become a leader.  Yes, you must follow the Pastor and leadership, but among the team members you need to lead with love and inspiration.

So who is a worship leader?  It is someone who inspires and encourages their team, and leads them by example into a deeper place of worship.  It is someone who seems exalted on stage, but must remain humble and loving at all times.  It is someone who has not only the gift of worshipping, but also the gift of leadership.

It’s Time for the One Who is a Worship Leader to Stand Up and Serve

A worship leader is someone who leads worship in church, but in reality they are a true and inspiring leader of people, both in their team and in their church.  For this reason, someone who is a worship leader must be also a servant, totally available and always humbling doing whatever they can to bless those around them.

Those who lead worship are not stars, they are not heroes. No, we are simply servants with a peculiar gifting.  We need to love, we need to inspire and we need to work hard at our chosen profession, and if we do so faithfully I believe we will have the joy of seeing many people’s lives inspired and blessed, not only by our music by even more by our lives and leadership.

I believe it is now time for the one who is a worship leader to become less of a singer and more of an inspirational servant-leader…

Who Is A Worship Leader!

I love being a praise and worship leader!  I love the calling, I love seeing the congregation respond and I even love the preparation, practice and set up!  Being a praise and worship leader is an integral part of my life, whether I’m active in leading, traveling to new audiences, recording or just sitting around strumming a guitar in my cell group.  I would rather be involved in the worship of the church than in any other department, even though the work demands from being involved in this aspect of ministry can be higher than in many other areas of the church.

I know many of you love being a praise and worship leader too!  While some of you may be frustrated or discouraged in your calling, I hope that this discussion of why I love what I do is an encouragement to you in your own situation.

The Calling of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

 

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I love the fact that I’m called to be a worship leader!  God has not only laid this ministry on my heart and given me talents to use, but He has alsochallenged and developed it over time.  In fact, while some people in the various audiences around the world where I ministry would see my ministry as the finished product, I can assure you that my worship leading is part of the long, sometimes painful and still currently continuing education process!  You never actually arrive as a praise and worship leader, you keep developing and learning through the years!

All of us faced disappointments, discouragements and difficult times in our lives and in our ministries.  One of the greatest sources of encouragement in these tough times is the sure and steadfast knowledge that you have been called to this ministry.  If being a praise and worship leader is part of God’s calling on your life, then don’t give up and don’t turn aside from the way that he is ordained for you, no matter what the discouragements or external pressure may bring.  You are called, regardless of the circumstances, and that is enough!

The Challenge of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

Another thing I love about being a praise and worship leader is the challenge that it makes on my life, my walk with the Lord and on my musical and singing abilities!

In any ministry there’ll always be challenges and it is our triumphs over these challenges that build character into our lives.  Worship leading is not so much about self-esteem and self-confidence as it is about self-discipline, because we need discipline to meet the challenges that we face, and to overcome them in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Some of the challenges we face are musical.  We must learn to select the right songs and arranged them in innovative and attractive ways.  We will be challenged in our singing and musical ability, so we must constantly be improving our talents, honing and sharpening them regularly.

Some challenges we face are spiritual, so we must rise to the occasion and make sure that our life with the Lord is on track!  It is not enough to look good on stage when our personal life with Jesus is a fraud!  Who we present as onstage must be a reflection of who we are in the prayer closet, and this is a constant challenge to keep us humble and seeking the Lord at ALL times.

One of the unrecognized challenges of being a praise and worship leader is in leading our team and again we need the Lord’s wisdom as we lead.  It is not enough to be a great singer or musician, we need to be great leaders of the men and women in our team.  We need to inspire them, sometimes rebuke them and always be available to them to deal with any challenges that they face.  We need to deal with conflicts between team members, and recognize that we are responsible for the spiritual walk of all the team members if we are to become great and effective worship leaders.

The Joy of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

 

Along with the challenges there are also many wonderful joys in being a praise and worship leader.  When I overcome challenges this will bring me joy.  When I see our team growing in the Lord as well as gelling together as a band, this too brings me joy.  Even little things like hitting a great harmony or arranging a song in a new and exciting way bring me joy.

I believe that the ultimate joy of being a praise and worship leader is when we look out across the congregation and we see people worshiping the Lord with all their hearts.  The joy of knowing that I’m able to lead people into a deeper and more meaningful experience of God is a joy like no other, and seeing this makes up for all the hours of practice, the dealing with challenges and conflicts and the time given up to spend in preparation for the church service.

This to me is payment in full!  At the end of the church service, I want to know that I have been a good and faithful servant and there is no greater joy than that.  Standing on stage in seeing people in the audience losing themselves in worship and adoration of the Lord fills my heart with joy, and if you have the same calling as me I know it will bring you joy as well.

That’s why !

I love being a praise and worship leader! I love the calling, I love seeing the congregation respond and I even love the preparation, practice and set up! Being a praise and worship leader is an integral part of my life, whether I’m lively in leading, touring to new audiences, recording or just sitting around strumming a guitar in my cell group. I’d fairly be involved in the worship of the church than in another department, regardless that the work demands from being concerned in this side of ministry might be greater than in many different areas of the church.

I know lots of you like being a praise and worship leader too! While some of you could be annoyed or discouraged in your calling, I hope that this dialogue of why I really like what I do is an encouragement to you in your individual situation.

The Calling of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

I love the truth that I am called to be a worship leader! God has not solely laid this ministry on my heart and given me skills to use, but He has additionally challenged and developed it over time. In truth, whereas some individuals within the numerous audiences world wide where I ministry would see my ministry because the finished product, I can guarantee you that my worship leading is a part of the lengthy, generally painful and still presently continuing training process! You never actually arrive as a praise and worship leader, you retain creating and learning by way of the years!

All of us confronted disappointments, discouragements and tough instances in our lives and in our ministries. One of the greatest sources of encouragement in these tough times is the sure and steadfast knowledge that you’ve been known as to this ministry. If being a praise and worship leader is part of God’s calling on your life, then do not surrender and don’t turn except for the best way that he’s ordained for you, no matter what the discouragements or exterior strain might bring. You might be called, whatever the circumstances, and that’s enough!

The Challenge of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

Another thing I really like about being a praise and worship leader is the problem that it makes on my life, my stroll with the Lord and on my musical and singing talents!

In any ministry there’ll always be challenges and it is our triumphs over these challenges that build character into our lives. Worship leading isn’t a lot about vanity and self-confidence as it is about self-self-discipline, as a result of we need discipline to fulfill the challenges that we face, and to beat them within the power of the Holy Spirit.

A few of the challenges we face are musical. We should learn to pick the best songs and arranged them in revolutionary and attractive ways. We will likely be challenged in our singing and musical capability, so we should continuously be enhancing our abilities, honing and sharpening them regularly.

Some challenges we face are non secular, so we must rise to the event and be sure that our life with the Lord is on track! It isn’t sufficient to look good on stage when our private life with Jesus is a fraud! Who we current as onstage must be a mirrored image of who we’re within the prayer closet, and this is a fixed challenge to maintain us humble and searching for the Lord at ALL times.

One of many unrecognized challenges of being a praise and worship leader is in leading our crew and again we’d like the Lord’s knowledge as we lead. It is not sufficient to be an excellent singer or musician, we should be nice leaders of the women and men in our team. We need to encourage them, generally rebuke them and all the time be obtainable to them to take care of any challenges that they face. We need to deal with conflicts between crew members, and recognize that we’re chargeable for the spiritual stroll of all the staff members if we’re to change into great and effective worship leaders.

The Pleasure of Being a Praise and Worship Leader

Together with the challenges there are also many great joys in being a praise and worship leader. When I overcome challenges this will deliver me joy. After I see our team growing in the Lord in addition to gelling together as a band, this too brings me joy. Even little issues like hitting an awesome concord or arranging a tune in a new and exciting means deliver me joy.

I consider that the ultimate pleasure of being a praise and worship leader is when we look out across the congregation and we see people worshiping the Lord with all their hearts. The joy of knowing that I will lead people into a deeper and extra significant experience of God is a joy like no different, and seeing this makes up for all the hours of practice, the coping with challenges and conflicts and the time given up to spend in preparation for the church service.

This to me is cost in full! On the finish of the church service, I need to know that I’ve been a great and devoted servant and there’s no larger joy than that. Standing on stage in seeing people in the viewers dropping themselves in worship and adoration of the Lord fills my heart with pleasure, and in case you have the same calling as me I know it can deliver you joy as well.

That’s why I love being a praise and worship leader!

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