Whether you’re just starting out leading worship, or you’ve been leading for years, it can often be a daunting task. Sometimes you can feel uninspired and lacking in creativity, or frustrated and unqualified to do the job. Here’s three simple tips for starters to keep you on the ball, and help you when you lead:
1 – Show The Sheep The Shepherd
It’s all about Jesus. Forget for a minute all your hours of practice, your band arrangements, your sound check, the lights, the monitor mix, your tuning and your performance. People may be emotionally stirred by these things being done well, but the only thing that can cause people to respond in worship is by having a revelation of Jesus. Present the person of Jesus, his character, his passion, his love and his works clearly through your songs and your leading. Nothing will bring a clearer response in peoples hearts than Jesus being revealed to them again and again in clear and fresh ways.
2 – Pursue His Presence Persistently
We were born for relationship with God, and he longs (more than you could perceive) to draw close to his people. We don’t necessarily ‘sing down his presence’, but through singing truth, we become more dynamically aware of his closeness.
Don’t rush. Be aware of God working through certain songs, or single lines with songs, where you begin to recognise his closeness pressing in. Dwell in these moments and enjoy the Creator of the Universe coming close to man.
3 – Surrender Your Soul To The Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the true worship leader, directing and orchestrating our worship back to the Trinity. The more you lead the music team, the more you will begin to recognise how the Holy Spirit is leading you. Stay open to where the Spirit is leading – that might be doing a different song to the ones you had chosen, reading a bible verse, repeating a line, bringing a word, a picture or encouragement to the congregation or simply stopping and waiting in silence.
And don’t forget – don’t carry the burden of responsibility by yourself. The leading of the people ultimately lies with the Holy Spirit, and his gentle works in unlocking, changing and motivating peoples hearts in worship. You may be a conduit that God uses to help lead the people, but even this responsibility is shared with the rest of the music team, the meeting leader, your church elders and senior leadership team – just stay open and responsive to the Spirit.