If there was ever a challenge in the life of a worship leader, it’s balancing these three responsibilities at once.
Not only do we prepare and lead our band, we lead a congregation in worship. But we also personally connect with Jesus.
Is it possible to do this well? Or do some of these need to suffer?
It is said that multitasking is unproductive – that to really get something done, you need to focus on it without distraction. But as worship leaders, we don’t have that luxury.
Historically, I’ve been good at all three of these…but at different times. Sure, I can worship God. But when you fill a room with blank stares, I forget what I’m doing. Sure, I can lead my band to be tight and together. But to worship God while I do that? Nah, I’m too distracted.
While multitasking is inescapable for a worship leader, there are some steps you can take to trick yourself and guarantee you juggle all three at the same time.
5 Tips For Worshiping, Connecting, and Leading
Here we go…
1. Invite People Into Your Personal Worship – Don’t just close your eyes the whole time. Think of leading a congregation as an invitation to join in your personal worship time. You are the host. The platform is an extension of your private passion for Jesus.
2. Prepare and Forget – Preparation matters. But you already knew that. What you may not be doing is forgetting about it in the moment of leading. There’s only two things you want to focus on during worship – loving Jesus and leading people. You only have so much mental capacity.
If you’re worrying about your band, you’ll appear stressed, which will make everyone in the congregation stressed for you. This is where solid practice comes into play. When your band is playing together and being smart, it frees you to focus on hosting the church and pouring out your heart (Click to tweet that, if you’d like).
3. Put Yourself in Their Shoes – I’m sorry to say it, but nobody really cares about the sweet arrangement of your songs. Most of your congregation probably aren’t musicians. They are there to worship. In order to lead effectively, you need to put yourself in their shoes. If you were attending church to worship God, what would serve you best?
4. Impress With God, not Your Creativity – At the end of your worship set, are people amazed by God or your creativity? Work and plan and practice to make your worship set relentlessly God-centered. The goal for your congregation is that they experience Psalm 34:8:
“Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
5. Be Real – For some reason, when we step on stage for worship, we tend to get preachy. Our sentences are filled with Christian cliches. Rather, be your genuine self. Express why we gather, Who this is for, and what we’re all supposed to do. But just be you. People will connect with you more.
When all is said and done, being more amazed by God than you are the setlist, band arrangements, and your own skill is what will sustain you in your ministry. Don’t stop staying amazed.