Sometimes we need to grow as worship leaders on the platform, but sometimes we need growth as worship pastors on the ground.
We all have the ability to heal, & not just the spiritual gift, but specifically being called as believers to bring emotional & spiritual healing. Walking through life with others, we can be a heavenly communicator – a comforter – an encouraging brother or sister, & even at times a challenging friend. Since everyone has been wounded – by family, the church, personal mistakes, harsh situations, or just by being absent from Christ – we are all in need of healing.
“We are all healers who can reach out to offer health, and we all are patients in constant need of help.” – Henri Nouwen
Now worship leaders, there is often an invisible wall between the people on stage and those in the chairs on Sunday. The people in the chairs naturally view the people on the stage as unreachable and/or unattainable. Break down that wall and come out from the “green room” – we too are a part of the body. We are not separate, better, or any more important than the regular attendee who is falling apart and in need of Jesus. We are need of Christ’s perfect grace everyday. Like Nouwen said, we are all healers, and we are all in need of healing.
What kind of healing community would you have if the worship team and church leadership mixed with the people and were tangibly involved in their lives? This is what church community is all about.
It would be a beautiful, broken community that seeks Christ together, and receives daily healing. As the worship leader, you are probably already doing this with your team and regularly seeking this for yourself already. Just don’t forget those who aren’t on stage as well.
Sit down with your people. Listen to the stories. Offer an ear. Offer prayer. Offer hospitality. Offer a hand. Offer an open invitation into your life. By thinking of ourselves less and others more – by walking alongside those we are leading – we will begin to see true healing.
Here Nouwen sums up the way we should view our days:
“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”
Ultimately Christ is the healer, and we are just his instruments. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Christ is the ultimate fulfiller and comforter. At His will, He chooses his children to do His work on earth. 1 Corinthians says we are his co-workers. So when we wake in the morning, lets pray “Lord, who do you want me to touch and lift up today?”
Just don’t forget to pray for your healing as well, because the Lord has ordained people do the same for you.
Will Retheford is a worship pastor at Every Nation Church (New York, NY), a student at 10,000 Father’s Worship School, & is working on his Masters from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He was worked with artists such as Gungor, The Brilliance, and David Leonard from All Sons & Daughters. Will’s latest single with his band Doxa Theo drops this April. To read our review of Will’s last CD take a look HERE.