Everyone Should Be A Worship Leader
The common idea that comes to mind whenever we hear the term ‘worship leader’ is the person who stands on stage and leads the church congregation in a time of worship through singing. The person who leads worship during a church service has the position that we call worship leader. The point I hope to make is that we all should have the function of worship leader even if we do not hold the position.
The function of the worship leader is to encourage, inspire, or lead someone closer to Jesus. In doing so, people will have the opportunity to respond to Jesus. This somewhat vague definition allows for broad application. In this case, the application is the most important thing. This could apply to evangelism, encouraging the people around you in what you say, in what you do, in how you live your life, could be something that leads them to Jesus therefore could fit within the function of worship leading. Within any definition of the term ‘worship leading’ the most important thing is the authenticity of our testimony, the way we live our life. That is the key to becoming a worship leader in function and it certainly is a necessity for someone who holds the position.
Going a little further, here are 3 tips that will help you along in your worship leading journey.
Let someone else lead you. – Many people have said you can’t truly lead until you have learned how to follow. It’s so important to have a heart that can be led, and to have a humility that will enable you to follow. Ephesians 5:21 says “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” One of the top struggles of most worship leaders is rebellion. The desires of the flesh can easily entangle us to be caught up in an attitude of “I should be the one leading.” This pride quickly leads to a rebellious attitude which will soon be displayed through words and actions. We have to learn to submit and follow. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”
Learn to lead without the title. – Some people want to be the boss not a leader. They would believe that having a title or position will give them position over others to tell them what to do. We’re supposed to be worship leaders not worship bosses. Philippians 2 talks about having the attitude of Christ. In humility, He set the example of how to live and how to lead. The best way to lead without a title is to be an example. 1 Timothy 4:12 says “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Every day let God speak to you, lead you, and change you. – There is no one as effective as someone who is truly led by the Holy Spirit. The person with a heart open to God, longing for God to mold them into the person He wants them to be. In my life, whenever I have been around such a person, I was impacted to do the same, to open my heart and allow God to change me. Psalms 86:11 says “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
Whether you want to be a worship leader in function or by holding the position. This is a great way to get started. Start with a solid foundation on Jesus Christ our Lord.