What Is A Worship Leader?


A worship leader is someone who:

1) Motivated by the grace and mercy of God. A worship leader is humble and leads from a position of deference. The prefer others above themselves. They look to God as the source of their skill, abilities, and opportunities to lead worship.

2) Offers their whole self to God: heart, soul, mind, and body to be used according to HIS plan and purpose. They are committed to seeing God’s plan and purpose come to fruition in the lives of those around them. They lead worship with a zeal and passion to see God exalted.

3) Is counter-cultural. They don’t fit in with what the world sees as normal. They lead worship with a passion to see God glorified and His Kingdom come here on earth. They want to be transformed by the Kingdom, and they want to be an avenue through which God transforms culture.

4) Renews their mind with the Truth of God’s Word. They spend time reading and listening to God’s Word. They know and believe the truth and it informs and shapes their leadership. They lead worship from a deep conviction and love for the truth.

5) Understands that worship is God-centered. Although, there are human emotions involved in worship, the offering of worship isn’t driven by emotional response, but by the response to the goodness of God. A worship leader leads folks into worship that is focused on the worthiness of God, not on the actions of the worshipers. “Perfect” worship is worship that is God-centered because HE is perfect.

(Romans 12:1-2)

A worship leader leads others into loving God and loving people.

(Matthew 22:36-40)

Like other leaders in the Church, a worship leader sets an example of dignified, Godly living, producing fruit in good deeds, and having sound doctrine. The speak with kindness in a manner that is above reproach. People speak highly of worship leaders as they pursue to keep God first in their lives.

(Titus 2:7-8, 1 Timothy 4:12)

Oh, yeah. Worship leaders sometimes play musical instruments and sing!

is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church, where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community and at HighestPraise.com.

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