Mark Cole gives advice for new worship leaders:
Are you starting to lead worship in a new church? Has God called you to a new ministry? It can be intimidating! I have been working in music ministry for over thirty years. Let me share what I’ve learned from my personal experience.
1. God has called you and He has given you what you need to be successful.
When God calls you, He gives you the ability to do the job. My first full-time church job was conducting and writing for a 100 voice choir and 25 piece orchestra. I was 27 years old and totally intimidated. But God was faithful.
Time after time I have seen the hand of God challenging me to the next level of the ministry that He has called me to. Trust God, He is with you. He will give you the ability to do what is needed.
“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” ~ Philippians 1:6 NLT
2. Take time to know the pastoral staff.
This is the team that God has called you to work with. Go for coffee with them. Get to know them as individuals. They are great people with great hearts. Learn to love them.
If you can, have a weekly meeting with the Lead Pastor. You need to know his heart and vision. And, you need his support and help.
3. Make a list of the songs that the congregation has sung over the last year.
Start where the congregation currently is. Find the songs that they have been singing that also work for you. You never want to sing a bunch of songs that the congregation doesn’t know.