One Thing a Worship Leader MUST Do

The ONE Thing Worship Leaders Must Do…Lead Worship

A Worship Leader’s job is to lead worship, but what if you just don’t feel like it? Leading worship for a congregation is an important job. It has been said that a visitor to a church will decide in less than 11 minutes if they will ever come back to the church or not. That’s an old stat, it’s much shorter than that. In most churches, that means this determination is done during the opening song of the service. Yes, the job of a worship leader is important for this and many reasons. As a Worship Leader, what do you do if you just don’t feel like you can lead worship? Maybe you are ill or feeling down. Maybe you got in a fight with your spouse on the way to church, or had a blowup with someone on the worship team. What do you do?

The challenge is to lead worship as if nothing is wrong. I can hear the question, “If I do that I’m not being an authentic worshiper.” Yes, you are and here is why. Worship is not about you, it is about God. It doesn’t matter how you feel or what you are going through, God is still the same and worthy of worship. If we don’t worship Him the Bible tells us in Luke 19:40 “I tell you that if these (Jesus’ disciples) should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” God will be worshiped, will you be willing to step outside your problems and do it? When you are feeling like you just can’t lead worship, here are some things to think about.

The following is from article written by Chip Ingram
  • God is above all things and before all things. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is immortal, and He is present everywhere so that everyone can know Him (Revelation 21:6).
  • God created all things and holds all things together, both in heaven and on earth, both visible and invisible (Colossians 1:16).
  • God knows all things past, present, and future. There is no limit to His knowledge, for God knows everything completely before it even happens (Romans 11:33).
  • God can do all things and accomplish all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him, and He orchestrates and determines everything that is going to happen in your life, in my life, in America, and throughout the world. Whatever He wants to do in the universe, He does, for nothing is impossible with Him (Jeremiah 32:17).
  • God is in control of all things and rules over all things. He has power and authority over nature, earthly kings, history, angels, and demons. Even Satan himself has to ask God’s permission before he can act (Psalm 103:19).
  • That’s what being sovereign means. It means being the ultimate source of all power, authority, and everything that exists. Only God can make those claims; therefore, it’s God’s sovereignty that makes Him superior to all other gods and makes Him, and Him alone, worthy of worship.

There are times to step away from leading worship, but make sure it’s for the right reason. I’ve had multiple chronic illnesses since 2001 and have continued to serve as worship pastor, mentor, trainer and coach. I have been on church staff and part time as a church planting team member. God has called me to serve him and clearly did not give me an “out” when the road got tough. I have tried to remember that my life, my calling and my job is to worship God. If I worship God with my life it’s easier to lead God’s people in worship, even if I don’t feel like it.

In the future, I’ll share the moment God called me to serve Him as a Worship Pastor. It was a moment I will never forget.

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