Here are the top five most-read posts from Worship Links for the month of October, if you’ll forgive the shameless self-promotion on my part. 🙂
When overseeing a worship team, it’s sometimes difficult exemplifying a worshipful lifestyle when you’re not necessarily leading worship with them every week. Teaching on worship both on and off the stage is especially a challenge if you aren’t invested enough into their lives both on and off the stage. Much of what we do can be seen on the stage by the average churchgoer, but what happens behind the scenes? While it’s important to be a great musician that plays with and directs the team, there needs to be a balance of the heart as well. So a big part, I feel, of what I do as a worship pastor is being able to relate to our teams musically and spiritually as well.
Leading worship isn’t a right, or an opportunity to showcase your skills. It’s a privilege every time you step on a platform of any kind to lead a group of people in worship. Also, understand that it’s not about “how many” you are leading, but “who” you are leading. Take that very seriously.
Remember those “you might be a redneck” routines that were popular a while back? Cynthia Boyd puts a spin on it for worship pastors.
Last week I linked to an excellent post by Bob Kauflin about what pastors wished their worship leaders knew. This week, he’s flipped the script and shared eleven things that worship leaders would like to tell their pastors.
I’ve joked before that Chris Tomlin has superpowers – not many people can sing as high as some of his worship songs go. And it’s not just Tomlin: a lot of modern worship songs are keyed for the artist, not for a congregation. But for some reason, some worship leaders insist on being faithful to the original key of the songs they choose. Luke Woodard shares why it can be bad idea to stick with a song’s original key all the time.