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Worship Leaders: What Do They See in You?

As I’m reading back over all the responses to Tom’s recent blog titled What We Are Lacking, the fact that there are multiple issues going on in your churches is reinforced. (You might want to check over the dozens of comments that were made about this issue!)

Something else though, comes to the surface as a driving factor – and that is Leadership.

One of the commenters, Katie, said that “you can’t force passion INto someone – you can only help bring it out of them.” It struck a chord with me.

My husband once asked the 6-yr-old son of our pastor (who at the time liked to wear a little suit to church and wanted to grow up to fill his dad’s shoes), ‘Are you preaching today Stan?’ The boy replied, ‘I don’t preach, I just inspire!’ Wise words – I’m sure coming from his father’s mouth.

Are you as a leader, ‘inspiring’ people to worship? This starts at the top and trickles down. Hopefully a worship leader is passionate about the gospel and about the act of worship. That is not negotiable when choosing a leader, by the way!

Worship leaders are first of all, in charge of a team of band members and singers. The best leadership is setting the example for THEM. They need to see YOU excited about the message that you’re sharing.

They need to see YOU are thinking about how to find the right songs and scriptures to share during the service. They need to see that you’ve put thought into creating some worship moments in your set. Share with your team the thought process going into these things and hopefully they will begin to catch your vision.

Do they see YOU showing passion from the platform on Sunday morning or do you appear lifeless? The more you push yourself to DEMONSTRATE your passion on the platform, the more you create freedom in the room for your team to worship – and in turn, the congregation!

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Amy Wolter

Amy has vast and varied experience in music, from keyboardist to lead singer, from songwriter to producer. She fronted a nationally touring Christian rock band that garnered some top 10 CCM hits. Playing in a variety of venues and churches gave her a real understanding of what audiences and congregations connect with. As a member of her church’s worship team, Amy understands the challenges that come with this, and enjoys helping Christian artists and Worship Teams create freedom in the room to truly express their worship.

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  1. Randy says:

    I’ve been leading for over 5 years now, but the past year has been the biggest leap for me. I think something that goes along with your post Amy is that in order to inspire we must be inspired….by God. Which means the more we soak ourselves in the word of God and in a continual prayerful attitude the more we become inspired to worship God. Tom Kraeuter wrote a book called “worship is….what?” and I did a book study on it with my team. One of the biggest things we learned as a worship team was that if we ever saw the face of God we would absolutely have no choice but to fall and worship. His face, His glory, His holiness is just too great for us not to. So when we encounter God in His word and through prayer it should be that same attitude of worship. If we aren’t seeking God, we can’t lead others to. Once this reality hit me, it changed the way I lead worship. It changed the way my team leads worship. Thanks Tom and Amy!

  2. Danny Braddock says:

    That is really good stuff Amy.
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