In most cases, we get plenty of peripheral motivation to be a help to our worship leaders. It could be a good career move for us, we may be reciprocating our worship leader’s kindness to us, etc. But the ultimate origin of all worship is the cross of Jesus. In this, he made himself more available than we could ever imagine a perfect God to be.
Where are you currently strong in shepherding your band or team? Where are your currently weak in shepherding them?
Ultimately, a leader knows how to suffer, encourage and rejoice with you. They’re committed to you as much or more than you are to them. A leader that can do that will always have great guys or guys worth having around him.
I’ve been leading a band for over 10 years. I’ve made countless mistakes over the years, but now more than ever I see the crucial role of a worship leader to not just pastor their flock, but to also pastor and shepherd their band. We’re going to take a three part look at everything this entails.
Don’t just make a checklist and try to do them all at once. Pick a discipline, and work on it. Train yourself. See what God does in your life through that discipline.
As a worship leader, it is incredibly important to know the God we are addressing in each song. It is not enough to have met him, but we must be pursuing an active, deepening relationship with Him.
Paul makes clear that every part of the body is necessary, and we should never strive to be an eye if we are hands. Faithful service to your role, like exercise, will strengthen that part of the body, and those muscles will eventually become indispensable.
Musicians, if the Lord has you serving under a worship leader, you are meant to do just that: serve faithfully. There may come a day when you are the one casting vision and leading the team, but until that day, your call is to serve the vision of the worship leader as he leads others in the pursuit of Christ.
I think it’s important to start with a definition. Biblical worship is the full-life response-head, heart, and hands- to who God is and what He has done.
Austin Stone Worship is a ministry of the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. We are dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in our city and to the world by equipping worship leaders with resources that will enable them to lead their local church well.