7 Habits of Highly Effective Worship Pastors

7 Habits of Highly Effective Worship Pastors

Whenever you lead worship, do people leave talking about your talent? Or are they amazed by the greatness of God?

I don’t know about you, but that’s my goal—to lead people to a place of encounter with Jesus.

Then, get out of the way.

Last week, my post “10 Habits of Highly Effective Drummers” really seemed to resonate with people.

We all want to know what habits will get us where we want to be. The same is true for worship leaders.

How can you develop yourself more fully? What should you really be working on?

Seven Habits You Can Develop as a Worship Leader

When I think of effective worship leaders that I’ve known, this is what comes to mind:

1. They Study God’s Word

They are people of the Word. When they begin to sense boredom with the Bible, they know the problem is with their own heart. They press in to the truth. They realize they can’t lead where they’re not going.

2. They Equip People for Ministry

Effective worship pastors don’t just focus on the advancement of their careers. They advance others. They find joy in sharing the spotlight.

They don’t simply lead worship, but inspire others to lead as well. Their life is about equipping, not just doing.

3. They Serve Within the Vision of the House

Don’t get me wrong. Worship pastors are vision oriented, but they realize that in order to have an effective team, everyone has to serve the same vision.

They execute the lead pastor’s vision because they know God has appointed him or her to lead.

4. They Build Teams

Great worship pastors make room. They recruit others. They get people involved. They are constantly building, growing, expanding.

5. They Cast Vision

To be led by a great worship pastor means that you are infused with vision. You know the “why” behind the “what.” If you’re not sick of hearing your own vision, you don’t share it enough.

6. They Love to Worship

There’s a difference between loving to lead worship and loving to worship. Nothing wrong with either, but something is wrong when you’re a professional worship leader who doesn’t love to worship.

The best worship leaders guard against this. They answer altar calls. They cry in the presence of God. They worship in secret.

7. They Study the People They Lead

Effective worship leaders aren’t just great singers and musicians. They have people skills. They are experts at serving the people they lead.

Never stop loving people. Never stop crying out to God. Never lose your innocent dependence on His strength.

Your church doesn’t need more talent on stage. They need more invisibility.

Success as a worship leader isn’t just about improving yourself, your methods or shining a greater spotlight on your talent. It’s about loving Jesus first, serving your church with excellence and making disciples wherever you’re sent. Join the FREE, 20-part email course, “Next Level Worship Leading” [link:http://davidsantistevan.com/nlwl] to take your leadership to the next level.

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David Santistevan
David is a Worship Pastor at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA.