How to Become a Better Worship Leader
By Kim Linton, eHow Editor
Worship leaders have an awesome responsibility to lead others into the presence of God. Some believe the only requirement for being a good worship leader is to be a good musician or singer. Unfortunately, being a good musician is only the beginning. Understanding the nature of worship and our role in it is crucial if we want to become effective leaders. Here are a few tips that will help you become not only a better worship leader, but also a better Christian.
Spend time with God. This is the single most important thing you can do to become a better worship leader. It’s only when we spend time in God’s presence that we learn who He is and what pleases Him. You will never be able to lead others in worship if you don’t spend time with God.
Listen to God. Ask God what He wants, not only for each individual service, but also for your worship team as a whole. Allow God to direct you in all things. Spend time in prayer before each service asking God to show you which songs He wants for the service. Always be open to new suggestions from God.
Study the Bible. It’s crucial that as worship leaders we know what we believe. Worship leaders don’t have the luxury of being lukewarm Christians. If you are not grounded in your faith, your worship will be dry and ineffective.
Be humble. Because leading worship puts us in a position to be noticed by others, sometimes our egos become a problem. Try to maintain a spirit of humility as a worship leader. Remember, pride always comes before a fall.
Exercise authority. Although we are to maintain a humble estimation of ourselves, it’s important to exercise the authority God has given you. Take charge. You are the one God has chosen to lead your congregation into His presence.
Avoid rebellion. You will not always agree with your pastor or those who are in authority over you. Sometimes they may ask you to take the worship service in a different direction from what you believe God wants. That being said, you should always try to submit to those who have rule over you unless God tells you otherwise. In the end, God will bless you for your faithfulness.
Pray. Spend time in prayer daily for your pastor, your worship team members, your congregation, and mostly for yourself. If you are not spiritually strong, you will not be an effective worship leader. Pray for God to give you the strength to lead people in a way that is pleasing to Him, and ultimately to become a better worship leader.