Consistent Blocks of Time

The only way to effectively create and plan worship is to have time away from EVERYONE and EVERYTHING.

Find blocks of time each week to get away.

Spend time…
- praying
- reading scripture
- listening to new songs
- planning the order of worship
- learning the lyrics to the songs you will lead
- understanding the text
- preparing for rehearsal

Later in the week, spend time focused on every note, every transition, every word, every song, etc. Review every part of the service ALONE (before you do a final sound check and rehearsal).

You will grow stronger in your leadership if you grow stronger in your preparation. Start this week!



Build One Relationship at a Time

Worship Leader:

When you arrive at a new church, you experience relationship overload. So many new faces, new names, and new ideas…. all coming to you at once. It is impossible to really get to know everyone at the same time.

Find two or three individuals who seem to have the same values as you do. Begin to find ways they can help you move toward your vision and goals. Invest in them and allow them to invest in your ministry.

Take your time and God will be honored.




10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord O My Soul) is a great song to add to your worship song list for your church (if you have not done so already). The chorus is based on Psalm 103.

Click HERE to read more about the song.

Find it on iTunes.


Your Search Team Needs to Understand the Task


When searching for a new worship pastor or worship leader, you must dive in and get familiar with all the aspects of the job description. So often, the pastor, staff or search team do not understand the complexity of the position. They know the end result they want, but don’t fully grasp all it takes to put together the worship experience.

For instance, the worship pastor is usually responsible for many parts of the service.
- recruiting the band
- rehearsing the band
- preparing all the parts for instrumentalists
- determining what is to be memorized
- communicating with the pastor and media team
- finding new songs to teach the congregation
- determining a balance of worship songs that fit the church

There is a musicianship knowledge that is required for being able to both communicate and lead the instrumentalists and vocalists.
- a reasonable understanding of each instrument
- comprehension of the level of musicianship of each instrumentalist
- the singing range of all vocalists
- knowing the ability of vocalist to sing harmony or not

If you are responsible for looking for the next worship leader for your church, talk to other worship pastors in area churches. Ask them to tell you about their week and what it takes to get ready for Sunday. Doing your homework early will help you put together the job description and expectations for the person you want to be your next leader.

Once the information is gathered, write a sample job description and let other worship leaders review it. The end job description may not be as detailed, but this process will help the pastor and search team better understand the details it takes in preparation to make Sunday look and feel very natural, which leads to a stronger worship experience for everyone who attends.

Though I Walk in the Midst of Trouble

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of my hands.” Psalm 138:8

To gain a better understanding of David’s prayers in the psalms, you must read I Samuel. There are 31 chapters. Commit to read one chapter each day for a month. You may want to read it several times in a day and meditate on all that God shows you. Then, the following month, read 5 psalms each day (30 days x 5 psalms = 150 psalms). Repeat this pattern, reading in one month all of I Samuel, then in the next month all of the psalms. As you read, ask God to show you how to have a heart after the Lord like David did.

Allow God to search your heart and to draw you near to him. Look for all he is teaching you, during the good days AND during the difficult times of life. God WILL work all things together for good for those WHO LOVE HIM. (Rom 8:28)

Seeking him in his word, daily.



Where to Begin

(READ if you are starting as the new worship leader.)

Once you have gone through all the interviews, you may be overwhelmed with where to start on your new job. You are getting to know the others working with you. You are adjusting to a new schedule and new environment. AND, you are now responsible for leading others.

As you begin gathering all the ideas and suggestions, write them down. Make 3 categories: 1) Yes – immediate action; 2) Maybe – look more into it soon; 3) Maybe – someday. If you are the new lead worshiper (worship pastor) for the church, your primary goal each week is to plan and lead worship.

TAKE YOUR TIME. Prioritize all the ideas. Look at the YES action items and lay out a calendar plan of when to work on those items. Gather volunteers who are passionate about the same ideas and lead them to help you move toward completing the new tasks.

Just remember, it may take you six months to a year to implement new ideas and changes. Your top priority is leading worship. Give it your best each and every week.


Define the Role Before You Begin the Search

Defining the role is crucial when preparing to search for a new worship pastor.

During this time you should outline 1) the role of the new leader; 2) the qualifications of the new leader; 3) what is important to you; 4) what is important for the church.

There is not one person who will have the leadership ability or musicianship strength to accomplish every role you have defined. Therefore, you must prioritize the roles. Place in order the most important tasks and the most important skill sets of the leader.

For most churches, the top task is the ability to lead the church in worship. Next is the ability to choose appropriate songs that are fitting for the musicians and songs that help the church move forward in worship. Also, high on the list is the ability to recruit musicians and rehearse them — in order to be prepared for leading worship each week.

Find a few trusted friends who will help you as you prepare for the search. Dedicate time to plan. Set a date (or a goal) to launch the search.

Your qualifications or expectations will likely change once you begin the search. That is to be expected. So, as things change, adjust your plan and redefine your expectations.

Remember, your search process is very public. Everyone, including your volunteer leadership and your staff will be observing your journey. They will soon be searching for new leaders in their ministry area. You are their example. Show them how to do it well.

Saying No Helps You Say Yes

Many worship leaders have a tendency to say yes. There are songs to find and learn, services to plan, staff meetings to attend, phone calls and emails to answer, and so on.

If you are going to be successful in leading your church, you must learn how to say yes and follow through with your commitment. You must also learn how to say no without damaging relationships.

Saying yes to one thing will cause you to say no to others. Example: If you say yes to helping with a wedding, you will be saying no to family on Friday night and Saturday. If you say yes to singing or speaking for a special event, you will also be saying yes to preparation and will have to say no to something else.

Spend time each week prioritizing your commitments. We have all been guilty of saying yes too much. Learn from your mistakes. Find a friend or family member to help you learn how to be stronger at saying no. Ask someone to hold you accountable.

You must find the balance that works for you, for your ministry, and for your family.

Commit to make your “yes” yes and your “no” no. You will be appreciated for doing so.



My Redeemer Lives – Job’s Testimony

Job listened ten times to his friends and family insult him with crushing words. (Job 19)

His testimony is found in verse 25-27.

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!”

Job is a great example to us of his heart after God. In the midst of so much pain and hopelessness, his lips speak of his living God, his Redeemer, the One he will one day see.

Take a few moments and reflect on the struggles of this past week or even today. Can you release it all into his hands? Do it now.

Let  the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, O GOD …
… my Rock.
… my Foundation.
… my Redeemer.

You are my Hope.
I walk with you.



Run for the Prize

I Corinthians 9:24 says:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? SO RUN THAT YOU MAY OBTAIN IT.”

As a worship leader, you MUST keep running strong. Take a look at your run with…

…time in His word
…personal worship
…the team you lead
…standing strong for what is right
…becoming a stronger musician
…developing your leadership skills

Run for the prize this week and lead your team to do the same.





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