Here are the basics of worship leading:
1. Heart for God
You must have a heart for God to lead in worship. Musical ability is an asset, but without a desire to love and serve God and his church, there is no worship leadership.
2. Heart for the church
You must believe in the mission of the church to reach people, to invite believers to worship and non believers to experience joy in God’s presence. Worship Leaders need to enjoy their church, the staff, their team members. Worship leaders need to partner with and support the pastor. A heart for the church allows each worship leader to engage fully for their season of ministry there. When you think about it, every ministry position is interim. We are there as a steward for a season. It’s God’s church and we must faithfully, with love and a servant’s heart, help lead it.
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3. Heart for the mission
You must have a heart for your particular congregation and the mission field you share together. You must love your community, the region and your people. As you begin to work on the nuts of bolts of ministry, the details need to come from a heart for the area. This allows you to go the right direction. Your connection to the people around you – here and now – will help shape how you lead worship.
4. Growing gifts and skills
You must possess gifts and skill for music and leadership. You must also be growing in these skills. Music and art skills are part of the picture – keyboard, vocals, guitar, etc. You have to have some of these skills in order to develop a team and lead. Even the best musician can grow in their level of playing and singing. Additionally, you need to be growing in your leadership skills. Are you diligent in administration, development and deployment? An example may be that you need to grow in your skill of delegating certain aspects of ministry.
5. Believe in the development of a team
You must understand that you can’t do it on your own and that there are others around you waiting to be developed and engaged in ministry. You must love your people enough to involve them. What are some roles you can delegate? How can you involve others? Develop entry points for people to begin to engage in the ministry. Involve the next generation in your ministry in some way. One role of the worship leader is to develop people to can lead worship – even if you’re not there.
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You must stay faithful to the process to which God has called you – faithfully serving in ministry of worship through prayer, preparation, planning and serving the church. It’s the job of the worship leader to help prepare the church. Set up meetings with your pastor and leaders to arrange Sunday services. Do you best to be faithful to the nature of your church while leading them to new heights.
7. Excel in practical components
You must continually be working on the practical side of ministry, the basics: flow, song selection, teaching and leading, developing, recruiting, creativity, and more. These small things will come naturally as you serve, but you also need to develop them. Attend conferences, read articles and posts, soak up all you can about the practical components to help improve the practical side of leading worship. Every week you have the opportunity to lead, evaluate it, then improve it. You will spend lots of time working both in your ministry and on your ministry.
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