As a worship leader, I’ve made all three of these mistakes. And, it took me years to realize what was going on. This post is not to put you down, but to save you time. Get a head start and learn from the things I have done wrong.
Mistake #1: Not Believing In Your Team
It’s quite possible you have musicians on your team who aren’t quite ‘there’ yet, especially if you lead worship at a small church. It’s also likely that you are frustrated with this very thing.
I get it. You envision a worship team that knocks it out of the park every Sunday, but this is far from reality. Instead, you have musicians who hit wrong notes, show up unprepared, or don’t wear the clothes you’d like them to.
As a recovering perfectionist, I remember getting bent out of shape about these very things. But, I am reminded time and time again that God is not looking for perfection – He is looking for those who will step out in faith.
God takes those the world would throw away and does great things through them (1 Corinthians 1:27). He wants us not leaning on our own abilities, but believing for His power to work through us.
So, instead of getting frustrated with your team members, let them know that you believe in them. Aim to be patient with them as God has been so patient with you.
Mistake #2: Failure to Delegate
Taking a task that you do well and trusting someone else to get the same result is hard. It takes quite a bit of time upfront to reap the reward of saved time in the future.
Then, when you do finally delegate, they don’t do it as well as you could. You are tempted with taking the task back instead of dedicating time to developing the person you have delegated to.
I want you to think back to when you started. I bet you weren’t that good either. Now, in your mind, play through the worst that could happen when someone doesn’t do it as well as you. I bet it isn’t as bad as you were subconsciously thinking.
Bottom line, when you make all the decisions and do all the work, the worship team will be limited by your limitations. Creativity will be stifled and your team won’t have the opportunity to fully develop their gifts.
Do yourself and your team a favor and delegate. Embrace the imperfection and dedicate yourself to developing others. After all, that is what leadership is all about.
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Mistake #3: Trying to Be Like Another Church
Lights, stage design, new technology – it’s all exciting isn’t it? You watch a live stream of the church down the street and stand in awe of the production value. Their band, lighting, and camera crew are spot on.
Then, you take a look at your own church and see all that is missing. You start to believe that the only way to have a powerful worship service is to have amazing lighting, sound, and all the technology to make it happen.
I’ve been there. Looking back, I can see that I wasted so much time on things that did not move the needle, like getting the perfect stage design. But recently, my church went mobile due to our building getting demolished by the city…and back to the basics we went.
In an effort to achieve simplicity, we ditched the stage lighting and many other things. No longer do the house lights dim down and vibrant LED lighting fill the stage for worship. Instead, the hotel conference room lights illuminate the room for the entire service.
You’d think the church wouldn’t worship like they used to…but it actually seems to be quite the opposite. The smaller room and less-produced service has created a stronger sense of connection and therefore a group who is not afraid to worship where others can see.
Am I saying that technology is wrong in church? Of course not. I think it is a great way for folks to use their gifts for the Lord. But, when we put our focus on the unimportant and neglect simplicity, things start to get off track.
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If you have made these mistakes, don’t be discouraged.
Every single worship leader has room for growth. If we think we’ve arrived, we are only fooling ourselves. So, if you are making any of these mistakes, don’t be discouraged. Instead, begin working on them one at a time.
Your heart is in the right place. I know because you are reading this blog post. Again, God is not looking for perfection but a willing heart who will let God’s power work through them.
Keep moving forward, my friend!