I’m in the midst creating a handbook for worship leaders and teams, not only as a guide for our team here at ENCS MUSIC, but also to help musicians and singers who engage in music ministry, no matter what their context is. One of the chapters I’m writing is about practices that a worship leader should exercise in regularity.
I was inspired though by a particular section in a book aptly named “Worship Team Handbook” by the Urbana Worship Team Members (highly recommended for any ministering musician in any church) I came across a wonderful article by Andy Crouch entitled Spiritual Disciplines for Worship Leaders. Here I’ll highlight 3 of the 6 tips that Mr Crouch gave that were great insights for me:
Don’t just lead, be led in worship:
Crouch suggests the ideal ratio to be two to one. So for every two times you lead worship (or preach for that matter), have one time where you’re led. This is to avoid burnout and promote spiritual health. I would go further to say it also increase the capacity of humility, not always being the one that people will rely on to “bring it”.
Now as I mentioned, this is an ideal. So if this is not yet the practice, this is definitely something to work towards.
Practice your insturment
As unspiritual as it may seem, sometimes the discipline of practicing your instrument (and that includes vocals) can be the most non-gratifying experience, at least instantaneously. The reward comes though, when you are being led to do things spontaneously, or new songs that stretch the capacity of your musicianship, because you have practiced, you bring excellence to your worship.
Worship is the declaration of dependence on God.
Spend time with people in need
Worship according to Crouch, is a declaration of total dependance on God. To spend time with those in need: the marginalized, the children, the incapable and the like; is to learn some of the best lessons of pure worship from those who are utterly dependent on God. Sacrificial giving is a great way also to learn new levels of trust in God.
Any other tips you have on disciplines for worship leading?