If you have been leading is worship for any length of time you will realize that there are mornings but don’t go well! Even those experienced in leading praise and worship will have good days and bad days, but the big questions after you have a day when things do not go right are how do you face it, how do you overcome it and how do you not to repeat it?
Leading Praise and Worship is Not That Easy!
The first thing to point out is that leading praise and worship is not easy! It is a ministry that requires you to discipline yourself, train yourself, and seek God with all your heart, allowing Him to lead, guided and shape the way you lead worship. When you have a day leading praise and worship where things do not go to plan, it is natural to blame yourself, your preparation or your team and feel like a failure! Your pride may have gotten the way, your leadership skills may be questioned, and you will feel disheartened and disillusioned.
However, the overwhelming reason for worship not going well has nothing to do with your pride, the state of your heart or God trying to embarrass you! The main reason people do poorly at leading praise and worship is that they are untrained and unprepared for the job they have taken on.
It Can Happen, Even If You Are Experienced in Leading Praise and Worship!
The fact is that “a bad day at the office” can happen to anyone, even the most experienced at leading praise and worship! You might have sound problems, technical problems, difficulties with members of your band, or simple things like the breaking of a guitar string. You may have had a fight with someone just before you went on, there may be trouble brewing within the church congregation or there may be no other explicable reason for any of this to take place. The question is not necessarily what causes the morning to come out, but rather what is your response?
Leading Praise and Worship When Everything Goes Wrong!
Speaking as someone who has been leading praise and worship for over 20 years, in everything from home groups and churches to stadiums, the most important thing to remember is that leading praise and worship is not about you! I know if things do not go according to plan that I feel embarrassed, disillusioned and let down, and I feel like getting angry at myself, my band or even God. It is in these moments that I pause and remember that leading praise and worship is not about promoting myself, making me look good or making me feel good because the job was well-done it is about leading the people in my church to be the worship of the Lord! As John 3:30 says, “He must become greater and I must become less!” If I examine myself and no problem with my heart is revealed, the reason for the morning going poorly could be anyone of 1000 reasons completely unrelated to my walk with God! Leading praise and worship is a spiritual journey, and as in life not every day is one of triumph!
If you have had experience leading praise and worship that you feel has not gone well, and you know what your heart you want to serve the Lord in this area with humility, then the best advice I can give you is to get some training. If you learn the basics on leading praise and worship, and if you understand how to structure a great worship time and flow with the Spirit wherever He leads, then you will find that the number of times worship fails will decrease. If you get the basics right then press in to the Lord, you will find but you’ll have more incredible case of worship and less what have leading disasters!
Leading Praise and Worship Requires Training
If you get practical and powerful worship leader training, and keep your heart humble then you will find that almost every time you are leading praise and worship will be a powerful and wonderful experience!