I love being a praise and worship leader! I love the calling, I love seeing the congregation lost in worship and I even love the preparation, practice and set up! Being a praise and worship leader is an integral part of my life, whether or not I'm energetic in leading, touring to new audiences, recording or just sitting round strumming a guitar in my cell group. Of all of the areas I might serve within the church, this is the one I'd rather be in, regardless of of being probably the most demanding areas of ministry in church.
I know many of you love being a praise and worship leader too! If you are frustrated or discouraged in your ministry, I hope that this brief dialogue encourages you in your situation.
I love the truth that I'm called to be a worship leader! God has not only laid this ministry on my heart and given me talents to use, but He has also challenged and developed it over time. Some who see me minister in various areas may think I have it all together, however I can tell you that my development has been lengthy and sometimes painful. You never truly arrive as a praise and worship leader, you keep developing and learning through the years!
All of us confronted disappointments, discouragements and difficult times in our lives and in our ministries. One of the best sources of encouragement in these tough times is the certain and steadfast knowledge that you've been called to this ministry. If being a praise and worship leader is a part of God's calling in your life, then do not give up and don't turn aside from the way that he is ordained for you, no matter what the discouragements or exterior pressure might bring. You have to know you're called, regardless of the circumstances, and that should be enough!
Another factor I like about being a praise and worship leader is the challenge that it makes on my life, my walk with the Lord and on my musical and singing talents!
Triumphing over these challenges is what can develop your ministry. Worship leading is not a lot about self-esteem and self-confidence as it is about self-discipline, because we'd like discipline to meet the challenges that we face, and to overcome them in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some challenges revolve round music. We should learn to select the best songs and arranged them in innovative and enticing ways. We will probably be challenged in our singing and musical skill, so we must constantly be improving our abilities, honing and sharpening them regularly.
Spiritual challenges also face us, so it's as much as us to make it possible for our walk with God is solid and vibrant. It is not sufficient to look good on stage when our private life with Jesus is a fraud! Who we present as onstage should be a mirrored image of who we are in the prayer closet, and this is a constant challenge to keep humble and seeking the Lord at ALL times.
One of the unrecognized challenges of being a praise and worship leader is in leading our team and again we need the Lord's wisdom as we lead. We need great leaders of teams within the worship ministry more than great musicians or singers. We must inspire them, sometimes rebuke them and all the time be accessible to them to take care of any challenges that they face. We also should deal with conflicts between individuals and we're responsible for the spiritual lives of all of our teams if we're to be effective leaders.
Along with the challenges there are also many fantastic joys in being a praise and worship leader. When I overcome challenges this can bring me joy. When I see our staff rising in the Lord in addition to gelling together as a band, this too brings me joy. New preparations or great harmonies additionally bring me nice joy.
I imagine that the ultimate pleasure of being a praise and worship leader is after we look out across the congregation and we see people worshiping the Lord with all their hearts. The pleasure of knowing that I can lead individuals right into a deeper and more significant expertise of God is a pleasure like no other, and seeing this makes up for all of the hours of practice, the coping with challenges and conflicts and the time given up to spend in preparation for the church service.
This to me is payment in full! At the end of the church service, I need to know that I have been a very good and trustworthy servant and there's no better joy than that. Watching the congregation lost in worship offers us leaders a unique joy, and when you have the identical calling as I do I am sure this blesses you also.
It's why I actually love being a praise and worship leader.