Just like a lawyer doesn’t just go to the office once a week when he’s feeling particularly argumentative, a songwriter can’t wait for the perfect moment of inspiration to write a song. They MUST write something every day.
Real songs come from real experience. We can all sniff out songs that are written from a place of “catchiness or pop hook” and not something that comes from someone’s actual life. It’s that obvious. Honesty is essential.
I believe it is a crucial part of our role as worship leaders, by following the Spirit’s leading, to place words on the lips of worshipers that they may use to ascribe worth and value to the King, Jesus.
“Transformative.” That’s the word I find myself consistently returning to as I reflect on the last nine months, which I spent going through the Worship Leader Development program at Austin Stone Community Church.
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.
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.
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.
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