As a Worship Leader, sometimes it’s difficult to lead. At a conference just weeks ago I heard Ed Young, the Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, say that in order to be a leader, you must have what? Followers. Sounds simple right? It’s not as easy as some would hope sometimes.
If your like me, you can listen to or watch live Worship Projects and feel like you are experiencing what was going on in that moment. It’s easy for me to wake up in the morning, and as I prepare for my day, listen to some good ole’ fashion Hillsong Live or Stanfill and get pumped for what lies ahead that day. As a Worship Leader in the local church, I want so bad for the congregation God has set me in place for to worship like that. I want them to feel the Spirit moving about them. I want to be able to step away from the microphone and hear them sing out with all that they are, “You’re all to us!”. These are my expectations.
But what really happens a lot of times? We get up to lead and it’s didn’t go quite like we had planned. No one is singing. No one is lifting their hands. No one is responding like we thought they would to this powerful song. This drives me nuts sometimes if I’m completely honest. On the other hand, it can be amazing! You had felt the Spirit move as you were leading your heart out and could see lives being changed just feet in front of you. Those days make our “job” easy. For me, it’s easier to look at the difficult times leading, and let it beat down on me. It’s easy to be bothered and feel like I’m not leading well. In those times I have to ask my self several real questions:
Have I worshipped God in a personal setting before I leading corporate worship?
Have I spent time in prayer and meditation for the people I’m leading?
I’m asking to “ascend the hill of the Lord”, so do I have a pure heart before him? (Psalm 24)
Have I prepared for that time of corporate worship?
Am I actually leading out the songs from the platform?
So if we’re supposed to be leaders, we’ve got to have followers right? Right now I’m trying to get to know our congregation. I’m trying to understand where we’re at as far as corporate worship is concerned and understood in our church. Do you know your congregation? How do you respond to feedback from members of your church? Are you listening to them?
Don’t give up, even when it seems like worship in your church is not where you want it to be. Our wise, Senior Adult Pastor told me just minutes ago regarding this topic that impatience is sometimes our worst enemy. He said, “Give it some time. Even I might start clapping my hands.” Finally, get to know your members. Love on them. Listen to their feedback. Most importantly, pray continually for them.
Continue to love your church.
What are some other things to consider doing when struggling with the fact that no one is following your worship leadership?