You’re Either Leading By Example Or You’re Not Leading At All


Credibility is the foundation of leadership. If you’re not doing what you’re talking about, you’re in trouble. – Kouzes & Posner, The Truth About Leadership

This simple concept is true for worship ministry leaders. Here are some ways each worship leader needs to be leading by example.

Spiritual Growth

How are you growing in faith? Are you part of a Bible study or group?  Are you spending time in prayer and devotion each morning?

Faithfulness in Prayer

Do you lead your group in prayer?  Do you remember to spend time in prayer before and after rehearsals or before worship together? Do you keep a prayer journal?


Are you giving to the church? Often, the worship team may not be able to give during the offering, so how do you to do it?

Learning New Songs

Are you setting an example by listening to and bringing new songs to the mix? Are you open to new song ideas? Are you actively working to keep music and worship God-honoring and fresh for the congregation?

Being Prepared For Rehearsal

Do you set the example by being prepared for the rehearsal? Are the songs picked out in advance for your team to learn? Are you punctual and ready for people when they arrive?

Serving VS Performing

Are you setting an example of serving with excellence vs performing?  In humility, we insert our lives and our gifts to be used by God, but we don’t want to make it about us.

Kindness and Grace

Are you leading kindly and with grace? Do people trust you with information? Are you able to roll with last minute changes, volunteer ups and downs, and honest mistakes? Do you encourage others authentically?

Building Up The Name Of Jesus

Can a worship leader really build up their own name?  Are we setting the example to help make the name of Jesus known and famous?

If you’re not leading by example, you’re not leading at all.

If you’re looking for a great book to read on general leadership, The Truth About Leadership is a great one!  If you don’t have a copy, pick on up here!