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Worship Leader, What’s Your Story?

This is the first post in a series on “What Makes a Good Worship Leader?”

A worship leader’s goal is to bring attention to God. They are there to stir people’s affection for Christ. Good worship music is more than just being moved by strong talent. We can get that anywhere. What makes a worship leader unique is that they have their own personal story in God. They have a history of knowing Jesus. This helps them lead others.

They help others worship in tough times because they’ve walked through tough times. They help people rejoice in the Lord because they have learned/are learning how to rejoice.

They’ve struggled and overcome by the blood of the Lamb. They’ve beheld His glory. They’ve seen God do miracles. They’re not just acting out someone else’s songs. They are living what they sing. They are on the journey of living for Jesus Christ. They ACTUALLY long to be in His presence. They’s why they do what they do. The stage isn’t a place to vent their musical frustration. They don’t just take the job because they can’t ‘make it’ in the real world. They possess a strong desire to turn people’s attention to what is most important in the world – God.

Good worship leaders have a history of knowing Jesus. They don’t just fake it. Pursuing Jesus is a way of life and nothing delights them more than to help others do the same.

What’s your story?



November 11, 2009 - Posted by | Worship


  1. So true. This is exactly what I challenged the choir with last night during our prayer time after rehearsal. When we worship – it’s not an “event” – it’s the overflow of a lifestyle. Great post.

    Comment by Kate Griffin | November 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. thanks for the post. I read an alternative guideline & yours seemed to make more sense.

    I was recently appointed to be a worship leader in a newly setup ministry & was wondering if it’s such a good idea as i’m still new to this. When I read your post, I didn’t feel so apprehensive. I have my story & I know why I’m in the worship team. Leading people now seemed to be natural progression.

    Comment by fayea | December 28, 2009 | Reply

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