How are we, as worship leaders, helping our team grow spiritually?
This question really makes me examine my own self as a leader, and I realize that I have some growing to do in this area.
It is easy to get caught up in improving musicianship and forget about the other aspects of a healthy worship team.
The truth is, if the members of a worship team do not have a healthy relationship with God, they will not be able to effectively lead worship - even if they are the best musician on the planet.
Even the best musician cannot effectively lead worship when lacking a healthy relationship with God. Tweet Quote
Although I believe that spiritual growth is a personal, one-on-one journey with God, I do believe there is a responsibility on worship leaders to lead their team towards spiritual growth.
At first, this can seem like a daunting task. You may feel like it is now your responsibility to make sure each team member spends regular time in the Word of God. But, this is taking it too far.
Resist the urge to swing from one extreme to the other.
When developing a plan to help your team grow spiritually, the most important thing is that it is realistic, simple and easy to maintain.
The goal here is not to develop a plan that will take you hours each week to complete. You simply want to intentionally do something on a consistent basis that will help your team grow spiritually.
The Bible is the source of all spiritual growth. Pointing your team back to scripture is probably the best way you can help them grow spiritually.
Every song we do in worship was inspired by the Word of God. As a matter of fact, if you cannot find anything in the Bible that relates to the song you are singing, you probably shouldn’t sing it.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to sing a song but not even pay attention to the lyrics you are singing? This is one thing we have to look out for as musicians.
Finding the scripture that relates to the song gives it a deeper meaning and connection. Then, you know that the song was inspired by God himself!
Some of the best worship songs ever written came out of the songwriter’s very deep and personal struggle.
For example, have you ever heard of the story behind ‘How He Loves’? Song writer John Mark McMillan was in a prayer meeting one morning with his best friend Steven and heard him pray, "Lord, I’d give my life today if it would shake the youth of a nation.”
Later that night, Steven died in a car accident.
The next day, John Mark wrote ‘How He Loves’ in honor of his friend and out of a heart of deep grief. He did not intend for this to become a worship song. Little did he know that this song was the answer to his friend’s prayer.
It has now impacted the lives of countless youth and adults around the world.
As you can see, sharing these stories with your worship team will keep things in perspective. No longer is it ‘just a song’. It becomes a powerful message that the worship team has the opportunity of delivering to their congregation.
In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” There is no doubt that prayer draws us closer to God. But, did you realize that praying together brings a whole new dimension of power and connection?
When we pray and agree together, Jesus is in our midst making His power and strength available.
James 5:16 says, "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."
There is an amazing amount of power that is released when we come together as a team, confess our struggles, and lift each other up through prayer. This is when our emotional and physical pain is healed. Not only do we grow spiritually in these times, but we also grow closer together as a team.
Remember, it is not your responsibility to make sure your team members complete their ‘quiet time’ every morning.
The best thing you can do as a leader is lead by example.
Dedicate yourself to spending time with God and in His Word on a daily basis. Funny thing is, you will not have to tell people you are doing this - they will know by the way you act and carry yourself.
Those around you will be inspired by your overwhelming amount of peace and joy. Then, they will ask where this comes from - and this is your chance to share the importance of spending time with God on a daily basis.
It is not about rules and schedules, but about a heart that is continually seeking after God’s heart.
What have you found that is effective in helping your worship team grow spiritually? Answer in the comments below.