recently, one of the brilliant, up and coming worship leaders in our church wrote to me and asked me what specifically i look for in worship leaders in our church. what a great question! below is the ‘meat’, if you like of the reply i gave her. just a few things that i feel are important for a worship leader. hope this is of interest to you!
what they bring in their spirit.
as a worship leader, you should always come with a vision for where you can see the service going. come with a word, a revelation, something from heaven that’s stirring in your spirit from your time in prayer that week that you’re ready to deliver to the congregation on sunday. this requires a consistency that few people walk in....especially creative types.
how they lead the congregation.
the worship leader is not there to sing, but to lead worship. when you have number 1. happening, you really have a destination in mind that you’re ‘leading’ the congregation toward. it really lifts the atmosphere of the meeting when the worship leader speaks words of life that are revelation to them into the meeting. and then its important ‘how’ you say it. not frantically, or yelling at the people, but confident, joyful, ‘up’, but still ‘you’ and not trying to be someone else. the tone of your voice should be fitting for what kind of response you’re aiming for. giving vocal cues into the next section of the song can be a powerful tool too. when you have number 1. down, this one is much more effective and easier to hone and improve on.
its important that the worship leader is constantly working on their voice. a great voice allows people to “enjoy” your worship leading rather than “endure” it. the congregation will follow your lead and you’ll get them to where you need to get them. its also fitting for the king that we’re singing for. he is happy with any voice that’s in love with him and worshipping passionately, but people associate the quality of the medium with the importance of the message: “if this Jesus is so magnificent and gave his life to save the world, couldn’t we at least get someone who can sing?...” there’s something about a honed, sharpened gift that has an authority about it. it’s impacting and commands your attention.
leadership and lifestyle.
the worship leader is a key part of a service penetrating heaven and seeing God manifested in it. so the lifestyle and example of that person is so key. i want to see the worship leader in church worshiping whether they’re rostered on to lead or sing or not; someone who is encouraging of others in the worship team, and is completely devoted to building the mission and vision of the house they’re in. the first person to fall to sin was God’s worship leader – lucifer. if the worship leader of heaven can get full of their own agenda, so can we here on earth. that’s why, for the privilege of leading God’s people in the worship of Jesus, we must “keep our heart with all diligence”, welcome words of correction, and submit ourselves to the authority of our local church.
see you at church peeps!!!