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I’m a Worship Leader… Help!!

A church has asked you to take over as worship leader. Congratulations! But now what? If you’re new to this world, you’re probably quaking in your boots, and feeling suddenly inadequate in every way.

You’ll be working with a group of musicians and singers – volunteers – some of which will be talented, and some not very talented at all. What now??

Well, let’s take one thing at a time.

First thing; Don’t get overwhelmed. Realize right now that it will take you a while to find your groove.

Next what is your objective going into this? Ultimately, you need to get a vision for what you (and your pastor) want worship to ‘look’ like, with your goals and direction in place. Write down your dreams and goals both short and long term.

Then consider and assess the situation… Is the church wanting a change in style that’s going to require some kid gloves with some of the congregation? Are you replacing someone well-loved or… otherwise? This will take some time and gradual transition time so the church doesn’t get whiplash.

As soon as you can, set up a time where you can get together with the current team and get to know them. Make it a casual time at your house or somewhere comfortable. Take time to listen to everyone to get a grasp on what they’ve been used to, what has and hasn’t worked in the past, and what their expectations are.

Now this being said, know right now that you’re probably not going to be able to make everyone happy all of the time. Your team, your pastor, the congregation… it’s virtually impossible! But it’s important to hear from the team already in place, because face it, they fear what changes may or may not be coming with a new person at the helm.

Along with this is just getting to know them as people. Who they are and what they do outside of worship team. Also, get to know what they may do musically on their own. If they have their own gigs, go and catch a concert and hear what they can do! Encourage the whole team to go and support each other. This will foster camaraderie and form some bonds within the group if there are’t already.

Also offer your time to meet with everyone one-on-one. Let them know you are available, because after all, you are also pastoring them! The worship team is a ‘church within a church.’ Fostering a close, inclusive group, and letting the band and singers know that they are part of a team, goes a long way to build relationship.

A vision and your people are the starting point. We’ll be posting more on this subject so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out our Expressive Worship videos, and consider bringing us in for a workshop with your team… Click here for more information…

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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. Carisa says:

    Hi Amy! I am in the process of helping a local college campus ministry launch a worship program this semester and this post was really encouraging to me. While I’ve been involved in leading worship for years, being in charge of building a program from scratch while hopefully teaching and mentoring students at the same time is a whole different component that I’m not that familiar with … so I definitely appreciate the post – thanks!!!

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