I hate to break it to you, but the greatest value you offer your church is not that you have a great voice.
It’s not that you can play guitar with the best of them. No, your greatest value is shown in who you’re reproducing – the teams you are building.
This isn’t going to change. You can’t just do ministry. You must become skilled at equipping people for ministry.
How to Enjoy Your Job
As a worship pastor, I find my greatest joy not when I’m leading worship, but when someone I’ve discipled is leading worship. I feel I’ve done my job, not just when I’ve expended energy on the platform, but when I’ve done the work of teaching and discipling and mentoring behind the scenes.
I’ll be honest.
It’s easier for me to just lead worship.
When I have complete control, I can guarantee a certain quality. Things get messy when I involve those who are learning. They make mistakes. They don’t have experience. They’re not studio quality.
But that’s a risk I’m willing to take in order to be a reproducing leader.
Over time, this will help you enjoy your job to the fullest. Because you may be in a place right now where you are doing everything. You have your hand in too many responsibilities. You’re stressed out, feeling like the entire ministry rests on your shoulders.
Imagine with me. Oh, just imagine…
- You weren’t the only worship leader – you raised someone up who is just as capable (if not more capable) than yourself
- You had more than enough musicians
- You had volunteers waiting to get involved
- Your volunteers were passionate about their role
- Your disciples move on to do great things for the Kingdom
I believe with all my heart that ministry leaders are too busy. We have too many responsibilities and our ministries (and families, for that matter) suffer for it. The goal isn’t to scale back and do less, necessarily, but to enable those who are waiting for their chance on the sidelines. Until Jesus returns, there will always be much to do – people to reach.
There are gifted people on the sidelines of your ministry, waiting for permission to get in the game (tweetable). It’s time to open your eyes and create space.
The Power of Influence
In order to be this type of leader, you need one thing – influence. What is influence?
I define influence as opening people’s eyes to their role in a greater story.
You can cast vision and not influence anyone. Influence happens when people see they have a responsibility to act – to participate – to put skin in the game.
When people see a compelling, to-be-desired future they will sacrifice for it.
As the leader, do you have to have everything figured out? No. Do you have to be the best? No.
But you do need a track record of being a man of your word. Of following through. Of making ideas happen. If you want to build teams – to grow your worship team, you need to become a person of influence.
Where to start? I’m glad you asked.
Here’s the downlow. If you remember one idea from this post, remember this:
Don’t lead worship alone.
Here’s the challenge I want to offer you. Create a spreadsheet or an outline, listing all the times you’re leading worship for the next 3 months. Under each of those events, list the name of ONE PERSON you are going to mentor through that experience. Here are some examples:
- A bass player who overplays and needs to learn how to serve the song
- A sound tech who knows what the knobs do, but doesn’t treat the mixer like an instrument
- A vocalist who needs to learn the meaning of BGV
- A young worship leader without much experience
- A non-musician who wants to get involved, training them to be a stage manager
- A drummer who is learning how to play with a click
The goal is for every time you lead worship or do ministry, you’re bringing someone else along.
Don’t lead worship alone.
Stop just doing ministry. Start equipping others. Reproduce yourself (tweetable).
What about you? Are you stressed out with too much to do and not enough volunteers?
What’s the next step you need to take in order to create space, build teams, and make disciples?
Share your ideas in the comments!