Five Tips For Successful Worship Leaders

(The First in a Series of Five)

By Suzanne Provagna

Tip #1 Don’t Ignore Talent

The first time I heard Dave (name changed) play his guitar and sing I knew  he had a special talent. His rocky, gravelly, blues voice when combined with  the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” was unique and memorable.  Although I had a master’s degree in music, he was a better band musician  than me and I wanted him on my worship team. 

If you want to hone your skills—put yourself around people who are more  talented or successful than you. 

If someone in your congregation is musically talented then find out more.  Don’t ignore talent. This applies to former worship leaders in your  congregation as well. God wants us to use the gifts we’ve been given.  1 Peter 4:10 says “Just as each one of you has received a special gift, employ  it in serving one another as good stewards of God’s multi-faceted grace.”  (Amplified Bible Version) 

Part of a Worship Leader’s responsibility is to seek out musicians and  determine where they might use their gifts. . . maybe that’s on the worship  team, a special event, or in a home group. If you think he/she may be more  talented than you, please don’t be intimidated. This is all the more reason to  put yourself around them. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens  another. Proverbs 27:17 NIV 

If you want to hone your skills—put yourself around people who are more  talented or successful than you. 

Dear Jesus, You desire for us to use our gifts to serve others. Please give me wisdom,  discernment, confidence, and courage to seek out others with musical talent. With  the power of the Holy Spirit, help me provide avenues for them to use their gifts to  honor God and serve man. Help me always to humbly approach my great  responsibility and privilege of being a worship leader/pastor. Amen. 

Suzanne Provagna is a public speaker and the author of Better Stronger Wiser: a collection of inspirational stories and Scripture-based coloring pages that apply the wisdom of Proverbs to the woman looking to become Better, Stronger, and Wiser.