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9 Skills to Move From Singing Songs to Leading Worship

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Worship leaders: we’ve gotten really good at leading songs but not leading worship. But for us to see the breakthrough we want to see, we need to grow as leaders. Why? Because we are leading a post-Christian people. There are people in our churches who have never been to church. They don’t know the Gospel and they don’t know what worship singing is all about.

Your leadership skills on Sunday will help those who are new Christians to engage in worship singing. Having a great band and getting through songs isn’t enough. Leading worship is not musical ability and musical ability is not leadership. Leadership goes deeper. It sets foot in uncomfortable places. It goes where most are not willing to. A leader is a catalyst for change.

9 Leadership Skills for Leading Worship

And here are some ways a worship leader can increase their leadership and be a catalyst for change:

1. Helping people relax

A good worship leader helps people feel comfortable. Vulnerability is cultivated in a safe environment. And corporate singing and worship falls into that category.

2. Challenging people to go deeper

A pastoral worship leader isn’t content with just getting through a set. The goal isn’t to sing a few great songs. They have a passion for the people of God to go deeper—to sing louder, to take steps of faith, to move closer to Jesus. It’s always easier to hide behind the songs. It takes guts to step out.

3. Being Prophetic

The best worship pastors are prayerful. They’re not just in prayer about Sunday’s set, but about the people. They pursue the voice of God for their church. They want to know what God is saying.