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Surviving Christmas

Let’s face it, Christmas is a tough season for worship leaders. How do you handle the stress of it?

Mike O’Brien is no stranger to the pressures of the holidays for church musicians. He writes:

For my first ten years in full time ministry I loathed Christmas. My language and face would “bring it”, but deep inside I despised the songs, the goodwill, and the same old message. December 26th was the real celebration! The expectations of my pastor and staff were often too much to bear. The worship/music personnel always seemed to have to work so much harder as everyone else enjoyed the season. I felt used and abused. I was over it.

It should come as no surprise that during a Christmas season several years ago I had a breakdown. As a result, my pastor and I agreed some things needed to change. I sought counsel during that next year and was able to recalibrate my heart and mind to a more sustainable pace. I had deep seated judgements and attitudes that were actually sinful and packed full of lies. I took that next year off of leading “Christmas”; it was incredibly powerful to just sit through the season and worship! Equipped with a fresh perspective and some tools, I returned the following year and actually enjoyed leading worship through the Christmas season. Here are some lessons learned in my journey that will help you not only survive, but thrive this Christmas!

Mike offers four keys to making the most of the Christmas season as a worship leader. Check out the whole post here.

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