From a cursory glance, it seems that we’re living in the golden age of resources when it comes to worship leading. We can watch thousands of videos of worship bands, download chord charts, post and read setlists and even maintain relatively close relationships with worship experts through social media.
And yet…none of those things make us better worship leaders.
Maybe I find a great setlist, but what do I say in between those five songs I saw on a piece of paper?
Maybe I watch a megachurch praise band play an 11-minute song on YouTube, but how does that help our sanctuary sound mix in the least?
You get the point. There are not enough resources that actually help us grow in our skill as worship pastors. Today, I’ve got three suggestions on how to locate and use info that will do more than make you covet some guitar or wish your band was as good as the guys at some conference.
CHANGE YOUR SOURCES
Forget looking for websites that help you lead worship. There aren’t that many. Instead of burning an hour in front of your laptop, Googling “how to talk in between songs,? grab your phone instead. Text an older worship leader and ask him or her what they do. Invite a pal to lunch and talk through every aspect of a service to get ideas on how to introduce songs. In other words, get off the Internet machine and learn from actual people. (The way they did it in the olden times.)
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
When you do worship leading research online, know the difference between “leadership” and “leadingship.” Yep. I just made up that word.
Leadership resources typically focus on more administrative, general management practices. This is valid for worship leaders! We need to know how to manage people and work in a team dynamic and navigate church office politics.
Leadingship is obviously a bit harder to find. These are the actual “how-to” resources. Look for blogs from folks who recap their sets with specific notes on what worked and what didn’t. They’re rare, but when you find some of these, it’ll be a real help.
RECAP RECAP RECAP
Find some way to personally deconstruct your worship leading. (This is different from a staff-led service analysis that a lot of churches do.) What I’m suggesting is way more individual. Journal your sets or blog them on Mondays. Build time into your work schedule to think through services from a few different angles. This will help tremendously!
If you don’t have that worship leader you can call or text when you have a questions, don’t hesitate to contact me! I love worship leaders and I’ll do everything I can to help you be great at your job! You can find me at 936-208-1120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.