At our church, we have what we call a ‘band-leader’ rostered on each service. This person will have a microphone that can be heard by the whole band on stage, via their in-ear monitors. It’s the responsibility of the band leader to musically direct the service in support of the worship leader. Here are some of my thoughts in my own approach to band-leading here at C3 Oxford Falls...
This month we took the team on the road to Asia to launch our new album ABIDE. One of the greatest privileges we have is to lead people in worship and I love that we get to do this as a team, not a worship band, but a team.
I have read this psalm a hundred times. It’s one I’ve quoted more than others. We can learn a lot from David. He held keys in his hand that set him up for life. A person who is intimate with God and authentic is always bound to become our teacher.
So you’ve just finished the set list in the service – you’re home free right? Far from it; now you kick into the next gear to keep building the service. A lot of times we plan and practice for the worship set thinking that’s our part, but forget that our role is not just musical, it’s a ministry platform.
Are you as happy and content in being on the sidelines, in the shadows, as you are in being on the stage and in the spotlight? As worship leaders, we have got to always remember our first and greatest calling – to be a worshiper
There is ALWAYS something to learn. There is always someone further along the journey than you. There is always someone with a different perspective. Be a person that seeks advice and puts it into practice. Don’t ask someone advice if you aren’t going to use it!
I love that God is the ultimate storyteller, and through stories in the bible, His truth shines through. Lately I’ve been stuck on the parable of Jesus and Zacchaeus. I knew the story but I never really stayed on it long enough to really catch it.
The result of burdensome weariness is an unhealthy yoke to something. We have to be careful that we don’t get yoked to the wrong thing. When Christ extended the invitation to be yoked to him it’s because he knew that life would have moments of exhaustion that can be avoided.
Prayer is all about relationship. None of us should be identified by our gifting or platform but by the quality of our relationship with God. Our motivation for prayer can get foggy. Either we don’t pray because it’s too hard or we forget or we come to God rushed, with wrong motives and then wonder why we didn’t get anywhere. Once we understand what prayer is, everything changes.
What makes us great worship leaders is that we are great worshipers. It wasn’t King David’s gifting and talent that God was drawn to; it was his heart after God. The greatest calling we have in life is to know Christ.
The most important thing to rule when you’re a creative minister, let alone a minister, is your emotions. This isn’t easy. Our emotions are the result of what’s going on in our soul and we should never make apologies for it.