The Aging Worship Leader

The big four-oh is right around the corner for me, so Rory Noland’s article Advice For The Aging Worship Leader at Worship Leader Magazine feels pretty relevant to me right now. Rory gives a lot of insightful advice for those of us who feel that we may be “aging prematurely” (at least that’s I feel some days!):

Some worship leaders, arts pastors, and music directors are called to serve the same church for most, if not all, of their lives. Others of us will face one or more career changes over the course of our lives. Some of you have strengths in administration, teaching, mentoring, and some of you have gifts that you’ve yet to discover in this season of life. We know that God’s plans for you are good, whether you simply grow in the abilities you have, or embrace a whole new path of ministry. The following is a list of some of the new roles that my worship leader friends in their 50s, 60s, and beyond are currently enjoying. We all have roles of support and leadership in different areas of our life, so ask God what he’s unfolding for you and simply listen with an open mind. It’s not mainly about what you “do,” but what he “is” in and to you.

I’ve never been a vocational worship leader; I’ve always been a volunteer, so some of this doesn’t truly apply to me, but it’s nice to know what others are doing and what others can do as they move forward.

But I think I still have a few good years left in me. 😉

2 thoughts on “The Aging Worship Leader”

  1. Having just turned 47, I’ve been thinking about this a lot for the last couple of years. I currently lead both contemporary (ages 18-45) and blended worship services (ages 45-80). While my training suits me to blended worship, my heart is in contemporary worship. I’ve really worked hard to adjust my leading and vocal style to work in modern worship, but do I really want or need to try to be relevant by wearing skinny jeans and deep V’s? I don’t ever want to be the thing that keeps a 20-something from returning to our contemporary service (which is the fastest growing service in our church). My pastor wants me to be the “up front” person and doesn’t think I’m too old at all, but what will happen when he retires in five years? I have always had the attitude that I need to work myself out of a job by mentoring young leaders to do what I do, but now that I’m getting older, I’m starting to wonder, “What AM I going to do now that I’ve worked myself out of the job?” This season is truly deepening my dependence on God’s plan as I stare into the unknown.

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