Lack of connection is something all worship leaders face, but I think it’s more than that. I think not having friendships with other worship leaders can destroy our joy and creativity in the places where we serve.
Philosophically, we all know that friendships are important, but many of us don’t think much about the real “why” of building lasting relationships with worship leaders around us.
It’s hard – mostly because worship leaders are weirdos who somehow manage to struggle with insecurity and arrogance all at the same time – but with a little bit of effort, we can build some good healthy practices into our ministries and lives!
For today’s post, I’m talking about why you need these connections. In Part 2, I’ll give you some practical tips on how to start making these connections! (And keep you from being weird about it.)
BECAUSE THE JOB IS UNIQUE
From the outside, your job looks pretty easy. But we both know it ain’t and some of your biggest challenges are pretty nuanced. Having friendships with other worship leaders is of immense value when you’re facing down some of these obstacles. Naturally, it’s a comfort to talk to people who understand where you’re struggling, but there’s a good chance your worship leader friends may have some wisdom you need. They might be able to help you figure it out!
BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE INSPIRED
Spend time with other worship leaders and you’ll learn stuff immediately. Bearing and sharing the burden of ministry with others often creates great teaching moments. You’ll hear about songs, ideas and examples you’d never come up with on your own.
BECAUSE YOUR SPOUSE IS SICK OF IT
Your spouse loves you and will listen to all those worship thought you have (good and bad.) But he or she may not like it. It’s kinda’ nice if you have an outlet for all those ideas and just focus on being home. Just home.
BECAUSE PARTNERSHIP IS GOOD
Did you know that churches are often competitive? Yes, it’s true. Investing in relationship with other worship leaders goes a long way to remind your community that Jesus did care a good bit about unity about His people. It also might open some pretty cool creative endeavors.
Do you have good relationships with any other worship leaders? If not, get on it.