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So Much More: Wisdom for Worship Leaders

What does it mean to be a worship leader? We know it is not simply to sing songs or play music: There is so much more.

A worship leader sets themselves apart to minister to the heart of God and lead others to do the same when we gather as a Body. We serve others by pointing them to the One who gave His life for us and is worthy of our everything.

1. Pursue God above all else

The most important aspect of your life is your relationship with Jesus. The “more” that we long for in every aspect of life is found only in Him (John 17:3), for He only fulfills every longing of our hearts.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you set aside a regular alone time with God, cultivating a closer relationship with Him?
  • Do you feel connected to Him and have an increasing hunger to be with Him?
  • Do you give Him first place in your life and seek to live surrendered to Him?

For those whose answer is no or not really:  Begin by setting aside a regular time to talk with God daily and endeavor to keep the appointment with Him. Pray Scripture-based prayers and from your heart, then journal what you sense the Lord revealing to you. You will never regret building a personal history with God.

Some helpful posts on growing your relationship with God:

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Encouragement from the Choral Festival

I’ve finally gotten to typing up some of what Guy Penrod (of the Gaither Vocal Band) spoke as he led in worship and ministered to thousands of worship leaders at Christian Supply’s Choral Festival this summer.

May this encourage you greatly:

  • “God loves you. God loves you. God loves you. God loves you. GOD. LOVES. YOU. He will NEVER hurt you. Your past is forgiven. You’re free. Don’t pick it up again!”
  • “Satan tries to affect you in your thoughts, tries to tell you that you aren’t worthy to lead people in worship. He’s right, BUT… the blood of Jesus covers it!
  • “We are spirit beings having human experiences.” (C.S. Lewis said: You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.)
  • “Thy Word — a lamp unto my feet (Psalm 119:105), not a floodlight, so put tomorrow down!” Let us live NOW.
  • On the song, Take My Life (Holiness): “For me, not from me. Holiness can only come from God, not us. He wants holiness for us, not from us.”

Have some of your own encouragements to share?

Weekend Refreshing at the Choral Festival

This weekend, I attended Christian Supply‘s annual Choral Festival in Spartanburg, SC. I’m tremendously pumped after the time spending learning, worshiping, reading new music and listening to gifted singers and musicians praise the Lord.

I’ll write with more detail later, but wanted to point out how worth it this conference is (as well as the Gathering conference, held at Hilton Head in January), for any worship leader working with church choirs (no matter what the style) or even larger praise teams.

God used this conference to connect me to others in worship ministry and used the workshops to teach me how to be more effective in ministering to others (both choir and congregation) as well as being better equipped as a worship leader and choir director.

I was refreshed by all the new music sung through with the other 3,000 people there, as well as during the worship times each evening. God in particular spoke to me through Friday evening’s time of worship, answering prayers and affirming other things that didn’t yet feel “for sure.” I left that night especially refreshed, amazed by our awesome, loving God, and unable to stop praising Him even after my return to the hotel for the night.

I plan to share more details in a future post, particularly from Friday evening, which featured the Thomas Road Baptist Church’s choir, orchestra and praise team with Charles Billingsley and Guy Penrod.

And if that wasn’t enough of God’s blessing, I won the drawing at the end of the conference — which means I’m going to the winter conference with everything except travel paid for!

I look forward to pouring from my own newly filled and refreshed vessel into those around me this week and onward as I process this eventful weekend.

Taking Song Requests?

This is a question especially for fellow worship leaders. I would love your feedback on this!

What do you do when you get requests for this or that hymn or praise song?

I’d love to hear anything you have to say about this topic, but some specific concerns I have are:

1. How do you respond to the person (as in a member of the congregation) requesting, particularly when you don’t want to give them a “yes” or “no”?

2. What about hymns/songs that don’t work corporately in worship, or that are theologically off? How do we approach this person (if needed) & let them know that the hymn/song is problematic, etc.?