Dear Worship Leader

(I just read a fabulous article, by Chad Brawley, discussing the importance of the corporate worship moment. He argues that our culture has become one of performing and not worship. This got me to thinking about “Dear Church Musician“, so I decided it was time to write another letter.)

As a church musician, worship leader and now a preaching pastor, I understand the value and importance of music in corporate worship. Music has a way of uniting people, and centering our minds, like no other medium; preparing us to receive the Word of God. So this is a subject I understand from all angles; and is not an attack on worship leaders. Please hear my heart, because here are 5 things every worship leader should know …

  1. Worship doesn’t begin on stage. Your public leadership should be an overflow of your private devotion, and I don’t mean practice. There should be times throughout the week that you spend time with the Father. A time that doesn’t showcase your vocal abilities, but spotlights your brokenness before Him. If you find your way to God privately, it becomes easier to lead the rest of us to Him, corporately.

  2. No one came to hear you. Yes, people pay to hear Fred Hammond and Tasha Cobbs, but you aren’t them. While those and others like them, have a heart for worship, they are artists in business to sell records and concert tickets. No one came to Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church of God in Christ Temple Ministries, Inc to hear you. They came to be uplifted. They came to get closer to God, because they feel so far away. So I say this with as much love as I can: get over yourself.

  3. If you want to be an artist, don’t do it on the church’s time. ‘Nuff said.

  4. You need to be plugged in. Since no one came to hear you, you shouldn’t come just to sing. You as a leader within the local church, should be plugged in and fully engaged in the mission, ministry and vision of the church. You should be a champion for the corporate vision of the church. You should believe in the pastor. You should be volunteering for more than singing moments. Most importantly, you should be actively discipled. Don’t choose a church to serve, just simple based on the crowd, popularity or visibility; but choose a place where you can also grow and mature spiritually.

  5. You need to be consecrated just like you would expect the pastor to be. Worship leaders have a great spiritual responsibility, so the same level of spiritual discipline to which pastors submit, you should be likewise.

© 2016 Derek J. Murphy Enterprises, and I AM KINGDOM Publishing, All Rights Reserved

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