Laura Blankenship explains how she’s building up leaders:
You’ve heard it a million times, right? “Great leaders raise up new leaders.” My annual evaluation is coming up and I can already hear the words coming out of my pastor’s mouth, “On the worship team, who has the potential to be a worship leader? What are you doing about it? When will they be ready?”
When I started leading worship at my church two years ago, I had four volunteers. FOUR. I didn’t even have a complete band. So thoughts of ‘replacing myself’ and ‘building up leaders’ went straight out the window. It felt impossible.
Two years later, we now have 24 volunteers on the worship team. One of those is now leading worship at our other campus and I am training two aspiring worship leaders. How did we get here? That’s a big, huge, long answer. So how about we start with the first part of the process.
Here are some things I have learned about how to spot future worship leaders:
A potential WL is sold out to Jesus and the church vision.
This is by far, #1. When you think about the volunteers on your worship team, who stands out as someone who is there to serve Jesus first? Here’s another way to look at it. Who do you see that is growing in their faith? I’m not talking about the person who knows the most about the Bible. As a leader, you should be able to spot those under you who are seeking Jesus and taking steps in their relationship with God.
Don’t forget about your church’s mission and vision. The people you are looking for are the one’s who “get it”. That’s how you would describe them to others. They are probably not the ones who are sure to tell you every time they disagree with a song choice or the ones who ask you, “When’s my next solo?” every Sunday. Just sayin’.
A potential WL loves people.
A worship leader HAS to show love to people. There are some Sundays I find myself chanting, “Choose love. Choose love. Choose love” in my head because I don’t “feel” it. As humans, we don’t always feel like being loving. But as a potential worship leader, do you see them choosing it?
A potential WL is excited to serve on your team.
It’s all in the attitude, folks. A potential WL is pumped to learn a new song. They ask questions like, “When am I on the schedule next?” and “Can I play/sing more often?” I recently had a volunteer (vocalist) as me, “How can I become more necessary to the team?” What a GREAT question. Now, that is someone who is invested in this ministry!