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What Should A Worship Leader Wear?

Russ Hutto: When that first note is played or sung, you’ll want to make sure that you and your entire team are wearing these…

Worship leaders, we’ve put together the definitive fashion guide for you as we enter into the new year. We know that choosing which upbeat praise song or what key to do your closing response time can take a lot of planning and energy, so we’ve put together an easy-to-follow step by step action plan to help you in choosing your wardrobe for leading worship.

You can also use this guide to help steer your “don’t-tell-me-what-to-wear” or “I’m-expressing-myself-through-clothes” worship team members in the right direction when it comes to presenting themselves in an appropriate fashion before the congregation. Maybe you’ve got some older members who think that pastel plaid pants are the right choice. Or maybe you’ve got some younger members who think skin tight skinny jeans and pointy elf shoes are appropriate. Or maybe you’ve got some folks who think dress casual means a halter top and a cowboy hat.

It doesn’t matter. This is a one size fits all approach to worship leading fashion that will have every single member of your team, youngest to oldest, looking the way they should when it comes time to come out of the green room, maintenance room, storage closet, hallway, or whatever space your church has set aside for your worship team to prepare in.

When that first note is played or sung, you’ll want to make sure that you and your entire team are wearing these…


Worship leaders and those leading worship should be compassionate towards the people they are “leading.” This word means to feel a deep pity or sympathy towards. In fact, this particular word carries with it a strong imagery of being moved in the “bowels” or, simply stated, to be moved within the depths of your being to help someone.

Do you want to help the people you are leading? In your congregations are many different people who are at different points of a journey of knowing and becoming more like Christ. It’s our great privilege to use music to a) point people to who God is through direct vertical worship and b) serve them in teaching them about faith and their own walk and how it relates to the Body through songs of truth and Scriptural proclamation.

Make sure that you know that your place in the Body is a role that exists to help people express their worship. Worship leaders don’t make people worship. Worship leaders create spaces for people to join together to corporately express their worship. The gifts God has given worship leaders aren’t for their glory, but for His. Pray that your gifts inspire people towards God! You want people to see you and know you for wearing compassion that comes from the Lord!

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