david santistevan


Are You Maximizing Your Weakness?

I was midway through the song and gasping for air. This key was way too high for me. Especially at 9:15 on a Sunday morning. Approaching the “payoff” moment of the song (the highest part), I said a quick prayer and went for it. Crack. Croak. Embarrassment. Failure.


Isn’t it funny how when we succeed we think of ourselves higher than we actually are and when we fail we think we should quit? Worship leaders, let’s face it, our self-esteem is tied to how we perform. The skillful boatload of worship leaders creating records and writing songs and touring the world doesn’t help us either. We feel that success is tied to those items, as I mentioned in this post.

You have weaknesses. You know what they are. And believe it or not, those who serve with you know what they are whether you talk about them or not.

What weaknesses?

  • a weak(er) voice
  • lack of music theory knowledge
  • lack of instrument knowledge
  • inexperience leading worship
  • stuttering
  • bad public speaking
  • etc, etc, etc

Instead of hiding from your weakness and pretending it doesn’t exist, face it. Surround yourself with people who are better in that area and allow them to serve. Great leaders are not great leaders because they don’t have weaknesses. They are great leaders because they empower those around them to shine where they themselves lack.

It’s time you maximize your weakness and be vulnerable with your team. Allow others to shine. Lead out of humility and you will foster an incredible team.



January 5, 2011 - Posted by | Leadership


  1. Great post dude. This applies so well to all leaders — not just worship leaders 🙂 I needed this today.

    Comment by Ryan Gordon | January 5, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks bro. When’s your blog coming out?

      Comment by dsantistevan | January 6, 2011 | Reply

      • lol yeah right… i look forward to your blogposts on a daily basis. not sure i’m up for that yet 🙂

        but you can follow my monthly blog posts on facebook or on our church website.

        Comment by Ryan Gordon | January 7, 2011

  2. I am new to your blog – and must confess that I not only look forward to reading them each day – but I also print them out and save them so I can look back on them later. I use them not only for personal edification, but also as teaching tools for my team. Thank you so much for what you do. You are a blessing!! =)

    Comment by Teresa Colangelo | January 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Teresa, thank you so much for the kind words 🙂 Where do you lead worship?

      Comment by dsantistevan | January 6, 2011 | Reply

      • I’m the Worship Leader at Christian Center of Salem in Salem, OR. We’ve been attending there for about 9 years – and I’ve been leading worship there for about 5 of those years.

        Comment by Teresa Colangelo | January 6, 2011

      • Fantastic. Thanks so much for reading.

        Comment by dsantistevan | January 6, 2011

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