Worship training should be an essential part of preparation for the worship leader. I have had thousands of people attend my training seminars across the world and the feedback is that they have gained valuable insights from the worship training which they would not have discovered by themselves.
Every now and then I meet someone who says, “I don’t need praise and worship training, I will just follow the Holy Spirit!” The question is, would the Holy Spirit ever lead you to get training in your gift, and would such training ever become a valuable asset for you and your church?
Worship Training Enhances your Gift
There is no denying that praise and worship leading is a gift. We can clearly see that some people have it, and others do not, and it is not whether the person can sing or play that determines it. Some people sing beautifully but when they try to lead the worship service falls flat! It’s a gift, sure, but can this gift be improved in any way?
I believe that, whatever your level of gifting, the right type of worship training will enhance the gift on your life. You will pick up ideas and techniques which can only add a new and fresh element to your praise and worship leading and make you a better praise and worship leader. It is the same principle that applies to a musician, or a football player. However naturally gifted you might be, going to practice will make you a better musician or footballer. You will learn new techniques, ideas, skills and be able to perform to a higher level. Why should these same principles not apply to praise and worship leading?
Worship Training Keeps you Sharp
I have been leading worship for many years, and I teach on the subject all around the world, yet I am still learning! Frankly, I haven’t arrived yet, and if you are honest, neither have you! I am always keen to learn more and improve my craft, and I believe that worship training keeps you sharp and helps you to continue to grow in your skills and abilities to become all that you can possibly become in the Lord.
At very least worship training will challenge you with new ideas and concepts. It will cause you to examine how you lead and maybe modify what you are doing. Those who decide that they do not need any worship training but only need the Holy Spirit are missing out, and they are misunderstanding the work of the Spirit in their lives. God uses anointed, experienced worship leaders to train others, just as He uses preachers and teachers to train others in the Body of Christ!
Worship Training Makes You a Better Worship Leader
The whole purpose of worship training is to improve your worship leading ability and make you the very best leader that you can possibly be! So whether you are average or awesome, experienced or untried, you will never lose round but will always gain when you pursue worship training!