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7 Disciplines of a Good Worship Leader

Yesterday at the Ignite conference I taught a breakout session on 7 healthy disciplines of a good worship leader. I hope these are helpful to you.

1. Lead out of your story

  • Are you leading out of a ‘NOW’ faith or yesterday’s encounter?
  • What has God brought you through?
  • What is God currently doing in you?

2. Worship extravagantly behind closed doors

  • Who are you when there are no lights, stage, band, etc?
  • People see right through a fake worshiper
  • Before God blesses your worship ministry, he may teach you how to worship behind the scenes for a while. Maintain that discipline.

3. Constantly improve your craft

  • Personally – practice your instrument; practice your weak areas (speaking, transitioning, flowing)
  • With your team – create a fun, disciplined culture; challenge your musicians; allow input but know what you want. Musicians like to feel their opinion matters, but they also like to be led well; put front end work into rehearsals

4. Pastor your worship team

  • Worship with your worship team
  • Prepare yourself and your team for the spontaneous

5. Passionately embrace the vision of your senior pastor

  • If you don’t agree with your senior pastor’s vision, it might be a sign that you’re in the wrong place.
  • Local church worship leading isn’t a platform for your global worship enterprise or a place to push your own agenda. Get under your pastor’s vision and pour yourself into it.

6. View the worship service through the lens of your congregation

  • People don’t care about your slick production, powers stances, and air-tight arrangements. They want to connect with a heart that loves and pursues Jesus.
  • Minimize distractions so when it’s time to lead worship you can focus on your congregation and Jesus.
  • Practice hard, but don’t just perform great arrangements of worship hits. Connect with the people. Connect with God.
  • The best worship times are usually what happens in between your well-rehearsed songs.

7. Pursue an ever-expanding view of God

  • A.W. Tozer – “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
  • Nothing inspires worship more than amazement. Seek each day to become more and more amazed by the glory of God.
  • What books are you currently reading to expand your view of God?
  • Do you view your Bible reading as a worship experience?

June 11, 2010 - Posted by | Worship, Worship Leaders


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  2. Wow – this is amazing stuff. Thanks!

    Comment by sweetasnzgirl | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for leaving a comment on the blog!

      Comment by santahara | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. awesome post man.

    Comment by toequipthesaints | June 15, 2010 | Reply

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  5. thanks 4 dat, im always desirin 2grow in2 a beta w/leader.

    Comment by sagree | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  6. hey david i enjoyed reading this piece that youve put up, i have learnt alot and have even applied to my personal life and will share this with my team…. please keep sharing more of your stuff… kind regards sagree, S.A,DURBAN

    Comment by sagree maharaj | November 4, 2010 | Reply

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  10. Hi sir šŸ™‚ I really thank u from the depth of my heart for this words.please i am so eager to learn lot more about worship leader’s attitude.please teach me.(w.leader)willy.

    Comment by William | December 18, 2010 | Reply

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