3 Simple Tips For A Worship Leader

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:light-bulb-2014-500x345.png

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.

What A Way To Be Kept Humble!

Not much needs to be said about this, just watch!

Martin Smith (ex-Delirious) is brought down to earth by a simple unexpected button press…A reminder to us all to stay humble and focused on the one we worship…and not take our selves too seriously!

Have you ever had a nightmare, horror moment on stage?

4 Things I’ve Learned About Worship Leaders & Musicians

1 – Worship leaders & musicians are human

supermanMany people see those who minister from ‘the platform’ as kind of special.  Surely they are super-spiritual?  Maybe really in tune with God?  They are chosen and the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon them special powers? Use the Force Redman, use the Force!

Nope.  Worship leaders and musicians are real people, with real problems, feelings, and issues.  They wake up in a bad mood like you.  They sleep in like you.  They forget to read their bible, like you. Read more “4 Things I’ve Learned About Worship Leaders & Musicians”

I Surrender All (or maybe 0.4%)

Yes I know you didn’t come here for a maths lesson, but stick with me a minute…100_percent

The terminology we use in church is often wrong when talking about worship.  When we have a correct understanding of worship –  that worship is all of our lives – our sleeping, breathing, thinking, moving of every minute of every day in dedication, honour and love of God, then the phrases we use in church beginning to lose sense.

The ‘worship leader’ should really be a ‘musical worship leader’ – because they are not leading me in worship while I’m at work or with my family etc. but only our time of singing. Read more “I Surrender All (or maybe 0.4%)”

Don’t Forget Your Heart

527617_10151067553230683_626265866_nKids screaming.

Missed breakfast.

No coffee left.

Argued with wife.

Alarm didn’t go off.

Headache.

Drummer is late.

PA guy forgot.

Broken string.

Forgot your music.

Haven’t we all had at least one of the above (or something similar?), and if you’re like me, you may have had more than one on the same morning! Read more “Don’t Forget Your Heart”

Get Away From The Noise

Stop a moment.

No, really stop.  Stop hovering over your Facebook refresh button, stop checking your phone (don’t worry, it will make a noise when you get a message), take the ipod hearphones out your ears, turn the TV off, leave the room and shut your eyes.

Can you hear it?  The silence?  Now turn your heart to Jesus and just wait a moment.

Isn’t it amazing how busy we are.  The 21st century is full of noise and colour.  Communication tools for every minute of every day.  There is always something to do, someone to see, a message to check and a job to do. Read more “Get Away From The Noise”

Finishing Last In The Upside Down Kingdom

Finishing Last In The Upside Down Kingdom
Finishing Last In The Upside Down Kingdom

Wow, the Kingdom of God is just inside out, upside down and back to front.

It says several times in Matthew that “the last will be first, and the first will be last”, and while there is much depth in this simple statement to be pondered, I have been considering it recently in regards to worship, my role as a worship leader and as someone writing, recording and selling worship music. Read more “Finishing Last In The Upside Down Kingdom”

The Worship See-Saw

Just had some thoughts about a see-saw.  Thought I’d share.

It is always a difficult job ensuring the right people are on your worship team.  You always seem to have that awesome guitarist who just wears band t-shirts with skulls on them, and listens to bands like Death March and I Hate My Mum.  Then there’s the middle aged lady who sings – nobody remember her joining the team – she was just always there.  The bassist…well, just smile would you. Etc. Etc.  Who’s right for your team?

How did these people get on the worship team?  What criteria do we use to bring them on?  Did we get it right? Read more “The Worship See-Saw”