10 Guidelines for Successful Worship Leaders

10 Guidelines for Successful Worship Leader

Here are my Top 10 guidelines for successful worship ministry. I have been leading worship teams for 30 years, but I still go back to this list to see what I need to work on!

Drum roll please… Let’s start with #10

10. Never stop growing

  • Are you practicing your singing and playing on a daily basis?
  • Are you taking lessons and improving your craft and leadership?
  • Are you changing and growing with the new trends, styles and songs?

9. Develop your organizational and admin skills

  • Are you writing (or buying) great charts for your band?
  • Are you running organized and productive rehearsals?
  • Are you creating timely schedules for your musicians and planning ahead on the church calendar?

8. Keep working on a good relationship with your pastor

  • Do you have a weekly meeting with your pastor?
  • Are you supporting your pastor in private and public?
  • Have you ever had your pastor and his wife over for dinner?

7. Mentoring is one your most important jobs

  • Are you looking for and developing the potential leaders on your team?
  • Are you giving room for new leaders to lead a song or worship time?
  • Jesus spent over three years developing His team; are you following His example?

6. Develop a great team

  • Do you have a system for bringing along new musicians?
  • Are you developing multiple musicians for each position?
  • How are you helping your team grow spiritually?

5. Learn to pick great worship songs

  • Are you teaching your congregation the great songs from around world?
  • Do you ever go outside your preferences in musical styles?
  • Are you developing a balanced repertoire of fast, medium and slow songs?

4. Be a great worshipper

  • Are you keeping it real? Be authentic; are you the same on and off the stage?
  • Are there areas in your life that are holding you back from God’s richest blessings?
  • Do you love the Lord with all your heart and are you a passionate worshipper?

3. Love the church like Jesus loves the church

  • Are you building God’s kingdom or yours?
  • Do you love the people you are leading?
  • Jesus laid down His life for us, are you willing to lay down your life?

2. Love your spouse and family

  • Are you carving out regular time in your schedule for your spouse and family?
  • Are you taking one day off per week?
  • When is the last time you had a date with your spouse?

1. Love and spend time with God daily

  • Are you reading your Bible daily?
  • When is the last time you memorized a Bible passage?
  • How is your prayer life? Are you praying and obeying?

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Check out my new book, Leading Worship ~ Notes from a Grand Adventure, available in Kindle or Soft Cover Editions. This is a great gift for the musician or worshipper in your life.

This article originally appeared here.

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Mark Cole
Jesus follower, Husband, Father, Worship Leader, Writer, Pastor, Church Consultant, Founding Arranger for Praisecharts.com, squash & tennis player, blogger & outdoor enthusiast.. (biking, hiking, skiing). Twitter: @MarkMCole Facebook: mmcole