I know lots of worship leaders who are great musicians.
They can sing and play and arrange. They're comfortable on stage and they can easily keep the attention of hundreds people.
But a lot of them are terrible leaders.
Leading worship is more than just performing some songs and reading some scripture. You've got a whole team of people under your leadership and they're looking to you for guidance, kindness and discipleship. In fact, I believe that managing a team is the hardest part of about leading worship.
But you know what? You can get better at it.
Let me tell you a little secret about being organized: everybody digs it.
You, no doubt, have a mixed group of personalities on your team. Some of them are organized folks. They like things planned, orderly and consistent. When you're organized, you show those folks you respect the way they operate and you've invested time into making their service something fun and important. For your musicians and technicians who don't really care if stuff's organized or not, it doesn't matter. BECAUSE THEY DON'T NOTICE ANYWAY.
See? Everybody digs it!
LET THEM IN
Another great way to lead your people well is to involve them in the bigger picture of what's going on at church. With work and families and learning music each week, your team doesn't always have a scope for what's going on at the church. Find ways to let your people see what's at stake. When we start a new sermon series at Bethel, I'll try to talk to the team in our devotion about what we're hoping to achieve or why we're preaching on the issue. If the church is in a particularly hard season, I'll ask my team to be in prayer about some of the big issues going on. I certainly don't betray confidence, but I do consider my teammates to be co-ministers with me. And they only serve better when they have a good perspective on how important church is.
KNOW THE BIO
This is easier with small teams, but with a little work, you can do it for any size. "Knowing the bio" simply means knowing what makes your people tick. I'm not just talking about spouse names and job description. Find out their hobbies, what sort of home they grew up in, what sort of movies they like, etc. Knowing this stuff allows you to be wise in your speech and encouragement but even more importantly, it gives you the chance to build friendships with your team!
With just a little bit of effort, you can raise the quality and value of your relationships and make your team better in the process!