Being the worship leader doesn’t mean you’re the best musician of the bunch… and that can cause tensions. Especially if your team is also older than you.
There are unique challenges for the worship leader in their 20s or early 30s to engage and impact people who are in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and older. Every generation is unique in their spiritual journey, musical predilection, and expression of worship.
I would encourage you to have an open mind and not assume automatically that “older people = hymns” and “younger people = contemporary.” It’s more complex and nuanced than that. Today’s grandparents are not your grandparent’s grandparents.
So, here are suggestions in three areas that I think will be helpful to you. First is mindset, second is relationship dynamics, and finally some common-sense practical musical suggestions.
There’s some great advice here for young worship leaders who are “leading upward.” Check out Rob’s full post here.