Worship is given solely for God's glory and honor. God is worthy of praise whether or not we receive anything our self from God in the worship time. But because of his amazing grace and love for us, he comes to us and we feel his presence. Things happen when God comes, he rains on us, he delights over us and quiets us. His love and healing power comes and our lives are changed. We gain a new understanding of who God is, and learn to hear his voice. Our relationship with him is strengthened. Worship is essential in our relationship with God. If we know God at all, how can we ever cease worshiping him?
Hi, I hope that you find this worship leader training a useful resource. When researching for this, I got through a lot of teaching, and was quite overwhelmed by all the different things I had to consider - I felt that if I didn't do everything, then I wasn't doing my job as a worship leader. But that's not true. This teaching isn't a load of rules. It's just a few things I've learnt from my own experience as a worship leader and from the teaching that I've received over the years. Just some friendly advice and guidance to help you in leading worship. Please take it or leave it, it's up to you. There are no rules to worshiping God. I hope you enjoy reading it.
"It really doesn't matter, in my opinion, the form of worship, the structure of worship - What really matters is the reality of worship. Did worship occur?" (John Wimber)
Topics covered in this teaching:
Open your eyes
Leading a band
I pray this teaching would bless you and equip you as a worship leader. I pray that you would find it really helpful. And that you wouldn't feel the burden of rules or restrictions, but instead, feel more freedom in leading worship. I pray that God would bless you, and teach you himself. I pray that he would anoint you for worship, be with you at all times, and come in power when you worship, in the name of Jesus Christ! God Bless Samuel Lane
Leading worship is amazing; to be given the responsibility of leading people into intimate worship with the living God is such a blessing. It could be the most rewarding and worthwhile thing you'll ever do! But the responsibility can also be quite overwhelming. It's not an easy job, and is often frustrating, exhausting and even demoralizing.
Leading worship is a call to humility. We have to respect the trust that God has given us and be a servant to his will, staying humble, selfless and willing to learn.
The role of the worship leader is to engage people with God. I think of it as trying to get everyone to forget who and what is around them; to get them to worship God as if there is no-one else in the room, and to encourage their own relationship with God. Worship is a corporate activity, and we are all one family. But I want people to have freedom in worship, a sense of abandonment as they sing to God. I don't want them to be concerned with what everyone else is doing. I don't want them to have to rely on a worship leader to be led into worship, I want them to be able to lead themselves there. I want to encourage them in their own personal worship.
"The responses between God and his people should be dynamic, natural and spontaneous" (John Wimber)
The most important thing you can do when leading worship, is worship God personally. If you passionately worship God, then people will see that passion and be drawn into worship themselves. Your own worship and passionate relationship with God will model and teach others how to worship continuously themselves.
It is important that you're yourself, don't try to be anyone else when you are leading worship. Don't compare yourself to others, and don't compete with them in your hearts. Do what God has made you to do, God has made you different for a reason. Use your own musical style and giftings, You have to be real, you have to be yourself, otherwise it won't work.
In reality the real worship leader should be the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit directs the worship through you, the worship leader. You need to be open to what the Spirit is doing so he can lead you in leading the people. "Real worship is worship led by the Spirit" (Carl Tuttle)
As worship leaders, it is important that our hearts are in the right place. Worship is not just expressed through our songs, but through a life that is devoted and pleasing to Jesus. If we don't spend time with God throughout our whole lives, and leading worship is just a thing we do on Sundays, then it is not a real honest expression of worship. We must be in an attitude of worship continually. And we must look to be holy and pure in sight of God.
"Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12v1-2)
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess his name." (Hebrews 13v15)
Holiness, Godly character, remaining or spending time with God, is so important. The more time you spend with God, the more you will become like him, and the easier it will be to recognize his voice. God will bless you in those times, increase your anointing and your heart for worship. God is always with us. If your heart is in line with his, then you're both going to be doing the same thing. And God will be there working with you and through you when you lead worship.