Worship and arts pastors cannot simply be satisfied with crafting songs and asking people to sing them. We have a much higher calling on our lives – a calling to reflect the mission and way of Jesus to our families, neighbors, and those we’ve been entrusted to lead.
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.
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.
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.
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