WORSHIP LEADER…PERKS?

Screen shot 2013-08-09 at 11.01.34 PMI talk about the challenges worship leaders face on a pretty regular basis at this blog. And with good reason – it is a hard job.

But it’s also a very good job. Maybe you’re in a great place right now and don’t need this list, but I’m guessing at least a few of you out there need a little encouragement.

Before we get to the list, let me once again say thanks for what you do. The local church is God’s idea and you’ve given your talents and abilities and time to obey him in serving your church. That matters a great deal. Be encouraged – your pal, Todd, knows you’re out there! And I’m pulling for you!

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PERK #1 – Your job is fun. Of course, there are parts of your job that aren’t fun; I’m sure a lot of you have had stuff rolled into your job description that you never expected (or wanted!) But remember, that a big part of your job is actually pretty fun. And it’s not always music. Some of you love planning services. Others of you live for those special projects or performances. Some of you are your happiest when your videos look pro-level. And that stuff is a part of your job! Enjoy the fun parts!

PERK #2 – You prepare people for God’s Word. This is no small thing, gang. As much as I love songs and videos and fellowship, I still know that they aren’t inerrant. In your job, you get to help your people get ready to hear God through His Word. It’s how He speaks to His people – infallible, authoritative scripture. That’s a big deal and your church entrusts it to you!

PERK #3 – Good is easy to spot. When a worship leader is bad, everybody knows it. And when he or she is good at it, everybody knows that, too. Even if you’re a tough season as a worship leader, keep doing what you’re doing. There are people in your congregation who watch you and know what you’re providing the church. They may not seek you out and praise you for it, but just know that a job well done is an obvious thing.

PERK #4 – People want to know you. I hope this doesn’t come as a shock to you, but a lot of worship leaders aren’t real good at the whole get-to-know-people thing. It’s true! In fact, some of you abuse your job and let it insulate you from living in relationship with other people. Stop that! The people who see you at church want to know you and be in community with you. Heck, they may even wan to encourage you! It’s not hard to connect with folks when you’re a worship leader.

PERK #5 – Everybody needs a band. I’m not even talking specifically about music. Lots of people want a group of folks they can love and trust who provide accountability, but very few find it. You’ve got musicians and tech teams and co-workers who all fit that category. You don’t roll up and do it alone every week. Enjoy the fact that you all can lean on each other for support. Use that! Encourage your “band” of brothers and sisters to relish the privilege of community.

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Being a worship leader will always be hard. But that doesn’t mean it won’t also be good.

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