The endless tasks and duties that are involved in being a worship leader tend to go unnoticed and under appreciated. We recognize everything that goes into each and every service, and it gets hard because Sunday comes every..single..week, and without your work, people would not be engaged in worship at the level you are blessed to see every week. Thank you for all you do!
My hope is that reading this post will help you understand what's really happening, and maybe help you do it better. If you chuckle from recognizing your insanity, or break a tear from being overwhelmed, please hang on because we'd love to help you succeed in at least a few ways. This definitely isn't an exhaustive list, but just a few to get you recognizing and leading like there's more than just being in front on Sundays.
Aren't music teachers just in schools? Why can't I just lead worship and let other people do the teaching? That would sure be nice, but you can't ignore the truth that because you're a spiritual leader there are people looking to you for guidance in every area of life...including music. It could be bass, vocals, guitar, keys, running sound, or playing drums.
Don't be ashamed, most worship leaders are hired based on their ability to lead a congregation into worship, not teach music. People will still be coming up to saying, "I really want to play drums [insert any instrument] for worship, can you teach me??" Wouldn't it be great if you could send them somewhere that you can trust? Somewhere that will teach with excellence AND encourage a heart of worship? Keep scrolling to the bottom if this is you.
"Hey worship leader, how come we didn't have a bass player this week?"
Ever heard that after a week of dropouts, endless phone calls, and a short lineup of musicians to pull from? Surprise. You probably didn't realize that it's also your job to find new people to serve on your team, and recruiting from other churches only contributes to the endless cycle of worship teams not having enough musicians.
Wouldn't it be great to have a way to take groups of interested individuals from within your congregation, and turn them into active musicians in your rotation? They're probably looking for a way to serve anyways. A way to take people from zero experience to a level where they can confidently start participating, and then grow from there? If you like this idea, keep scrolling..
The pastor's mic screeched during announcements. The slides designed on Thursday look different on Sunday. We can't find a solution within our budget for new mics. The drums need to be mic'd. In-ear monitors would be great, but we've got no clue where to start. It'd be great to train some sound people, or at least get some people who understand a little about that sound board.
Any of these sound familiar? I bet they do, and you had no clue that leading worship meant running the Audio/Visual/Lighting department as well. There are people that make careers from each of those areas, and now you're a musician who needs to magically run an entire Tech Department. Wish there was someone that could help?
We truly value you for everything you do for the Kingdom. And maybe you've chuckled, or maybe you cried while reading this article. This is far from an exhaustive list of everything that goes into being a worship leader, but if there's ever anything we can do to help you, we'd love to help any way we can!