david santistevan


Worship Leader, Do You Study?

This is the fifth and final post on “What Makes a Good Worship Leader?”

One of the worst mistakes you can make as a worship leader is to think you know it all. Even if you are Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, and you are reading this, it applies to you too.

Now the word “study” is a very broad term. What to study? We’ve already covered that we need to be students of the Word of God. That is of premier importance. In this post I am answering the questions, “Who are your ‘unofficial’ mentors?” And, “How are you improving the practicalities that make you more effective?”

Mentors. I have many mentors that I have never met. Even mentors that are dead. Listen to great worship leaders. Study the songs they write. Study the way they lead worship. Study how they interact with a congregation. Study how the drummer and bass player connect. Study how the band has trained themselves to ‘play less’ to contribute to an overall sound. Also, read great books. When you stop reading, you stop growing. I’ve found that some books dedicated to ‘worship leading’ can be a bit unhelpful, but books dedicated to exploring the wonder of God are wonderful for growing in your leadership.

Also, how are you improving your practical skills? I once heard Don Potter say, “The reason we practice our instruments is so that when the Holy Spirit decides to use us, there is less resistance.” Do you practice your vocals so that when the Holy Spirit wants to speak through your singing, you aren’t out of breath? Do you practice your instrument so that when the Holy Spirit wants to prophesy through you, you aren’t trying to figure out what key you’re in? Do you study/memorize the Word of God so that when the Holy Spirit wants you to speak into the moment, you’re not trying to figure out what Scripture to say?

The more you study, work, and sweat behind the scenes of a worship service, the more the Holy Spirit can use you. Our preparation and His sovereign intervention go hand in hand.

Are you ready?


November 20, 2009 - Posted by | Worship, Worship Leaders

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