How to Coach Your Congregation to Be Worshipers

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Worship Leader, there’s more to worship than songs, band dynamics and flow.

If we’re not careful, we can spend all of our time entertaining people on Sundays. Think about it. The music is excellent, moving, emotional. The worship leader is good looking, uber talented and runs a tight ship.

But slow down.

This is more important than you may realize.

We don’t want to foster an audience of spectators or an fan club of consumers. We don’t want to merely entertain people every weekend.

This isn’t the ministry God has called us to and it doesn’t do the gathering together of His bride justice.

The church needs to learn how to worship. New converts need to step into the discipline of praise and lifting up their voice, declaring the promises of God. Worship is warfare and our churches need training.

We all have a voice but many don’t know how to use it.

That’s our role, isn’t it Worship Leaders? It’s our role to raise up worshipers—to create environments where our voice isn’t central, but the unified, raised voice of God’s people is. We want to lead in such a way that we’re not the focus.

The enemy isn’t afraid of a worship leader who draws attention to himself. But he’s shaking in fear when a leader gives voice to everyone in the room. There’s tremendous power in that. Nothing can stop a worshiping church. No trial, no hardship, no diagnosis, no pain. The sound of worship will rise throughout eternity.

Singing isn’t enough. A tight band isn’t enough. Having your moment of worship isn’t enough. Worship Leader, it’s time to think of yourself as a coach. Let’s draw some parallels.

The Worship Leader as Coach

How is a coach’s performance judged? He’s not judged by the eloquence of his words. He’s not known for his morning routine. He’s not paid for how good of a football player he was.

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

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