If I could tell young worship leaders ONE THING about ministry, it's simply HAVE A YEAR IN MIND.

What do I mean by that? I mean that when you start at a new church, you should have a year-commitment in mind. From the very beginning, you should pray and consider and commit to staying at that church for a specific set of years.

This doesn't mean that you leave after you hit that magic number. In fact, it's kinda the opposite. Here's why you should have a year in mind.


Sooner or later, you're going to have a bad day. You'll also have a bad month from time-to-time. Some of us have even had terrible years of ministry. Committing to a number of years will get you through the tough times. A lot of worship leaders bolt at the first sign of conflict or they disappear when things get too tough. But we need people to stay in church and fight the battles that come up. If you're committed to staying 5 years, that one bad week or those tough committee meetings won't have the ability to make you run out on your callings.


You may be reading this, thinking, "I'm just supposed to PICK a year?" Absolutely not. In fact, operating this way is about the most un-you decision you'll make. You go to God. You ask Him to help you and to show you the things He wants you to work toward during your time. We do this all the time with vision stuff, don't we? (God, what do you want to do next in the worship band? Or where do I need to grow in my leadership?) Staying prayerful about your commitment is the only way you can survive in ministry. And if you've adopted this HAVE-A-YEAR-IN-MIND perspective, you'll also be praying quite a lot as you get closer to the end of your original commitment. Because a lot of the time, God says, STAY. KEEP IT UP.


You need goals to survive. You need stuff to work on. If you ask God to give you a timeline and to give you a vision for what to accomplish, you'll feel the weight of that. Otherwise, leading worship turns into a pretty cushy job where you can kinda' sail through the years without too much interference. We need pressure. We need goals. It's so good to admit your laziness and accept some very tangible goals for your ministry. Write 'em down! Tell your spouse! Make it a priority to keep those goals in front of you all the time. And when you meet those goals, pray for more.