After leading worship for nearly fifteen years, I have come to the conclusion that it is a crucial role in the life of a worship pastor to lead the charge for seeking justice, renewal and redemption.
As artists, worship leaders and pastors, we must have hearts that are willingly broken and stolen by experiences of poverty and injustice. It’s only then that we can have a truer understanding and sense of empathy for the world we’ve been entrusted to lead towards Jesus.
A great leader recognizes that he or she cannot accomplish that mission on their own. A great leader believes in what they’re doing so much, they are willing to be involved on any level; to sacrifice their time, opinions, agendas, and even their own life to accomplish the mission.
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.
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.