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6 Ways to Become a Better Worship Leader

Kade Young says continual improvement is a quality of every successful leader.

1. Become a better mentor.

It is common for people to believe that the only quality needed to be a good worship leader is to be a good musician/vocalist. This belief is FAR from the truth. Although musical skill is important, there are many things that are much more important – one of which is mentoring.

Your worship team is looking to you for leadership, not only in music, but in their spiritual lives as well. Are you displaying the love of Christ to your worship team? Are you patient, kind and always believing the best?

The best way to mentor is to lead by example. Make sure you show up prepared, prayed up and spiritually strong…every. single. time.

You might also like: Mentoring Young Worship Team Members

2. Polish technical skills.

Many worship leaders never take the time to learn basic sound engineering principles. The result: a never-ending stream of frustration with the audio tech team. You don’t like the way it sounds, but you also can’t communicate how to make it better.

You may be thinking, “I don’t need to learn sound…that is the sound guy’s job!”. This thought is definitely an easy cop-out, but I guarantee that the time you put into learning sound will pay off dividends in the long run.

Remember, you don’t have to be an expert, but you need to know enough to where you can train new volunteer sound techs and communicate effectively when something needs to change.

Here are all of our technical articles to help you get started: Collaborate Worship Tech Tips

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

It is easy to get distracted by things that don’t really matter, like: the fact that one of your musicians wore a Hawaiian shirt last Sunday or the cleaning crew left your cables in a mess. Believe it or not, we have an enemy that is looking to destroy our effectiveness as worship leaders. And, if he can get you distracted, he has done his job.

Several weeks ago, my drummer called in sick just a few hours before service started. It was also the holiday season and there was no one to fill in. I had two options: get stressed out or go with the flow and improvise. So, I decided to give the rest of the band the week off and lead worship with just me, my keyboard and my wife (she is one of the vocalists on our worship team). To my surprise, the church loved it and several folks requested that we have this type of worship setting more often.

When we choose not to sweat the small stuff, we disarm the plan of the enemy and the results are unthinkable.

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