The longer you do it, the more you realize that every day has new challenges, lessons and opportunities. I was once a “young” worship leader and am quickly approaching the role of “old” worship leader. As I sit in this weird middle ground between life phases, I keep thinking about stuff worship leaders (young and old) should probably know. The list is a collection of things I wish I would have known as a young man and things I can see myself needing to learn for the future.
YOUNG WORSHIP LEADERS.
- Scripture over songs. Use scripture constantly and forget trying to learn all the hits. Use it your sets, in your life and in your song selection.
- Be kind. Many worship leaders lead lives of relational wreckage. Give grace.
- Don’t argue about songs. When criticism comes, receive it, process it and look for what can be learned. Then move on.
- You’re a pastor first and foremost. Stop caring so much about being an “artist”.
- Learn how to lead when you’re not feeling it.
- Go slow. In just about everything.
OLD WORSHIP LEADERS
- Age brings hardship – physical, congregational, social. Put your whole hope in God.
- Try new stuff. A lot of it is really good.
- Don’t be bitter. Don’t ever be bitter.
- The next time you think some young leader is an idiot, think of all the experienced worship leaders who helped you out at your most idiotic.
- Get excited about church. Work long hours, even at a time in your life where you could bail.
- Pray that God would send young worship leaders to your church who are better than you.
-What do wish somebody had told you when you were a young worship leader?
-What do you want to do better once you’re “old”?