Our Role as Worship Leader

I wrote this post at my blog and wanted to share it here:

What’s our role as the worship leader?

Matt Craig writes:

“[The worship leader’s] job is to bring order (when needed) and provide the best possible opportunity and environment for us to worship.”

In a previous paragraph, he reminds us that we as worship leaders:

  • Cannot lift the hearts of those taking part in the worship to God
  • Cannot refresh their souls
  • Cannot satisfy their thirst for God

Only each individual can do that with the Holy Spirit’s enabling.

As worship leaders, we must focus on what God calls us to do, but nothing more. No sense in carrying burdens we weren’t intended to carry. There is freedom in knowing and living that, praise God!

You can download the rest of Matt‘s document containing these quotes here. He also has other resources available on this page.

Share your thoughts here.

Print Music Resources?

So, this is a question for any worship leaders & ministers of music out there.

What resources do you use to get printed music for your ministry (printable via online sources or not; chord charts, lead sheets, choral arrangements & anything else)?

I know many use CCLI, as does our church, but want to know what other resources are used by those of you either instead of or to supplement it.

I look forward to your input!

Service Music Styles

For those of you who lead worship or participate on a worship team or in a choir, what type(s) of music do you use during your church services?

I’ll go first. 🙂 We have two very musically different services: A traditional service with the usual hymns, a choir, & special music for offertories. Our second service is contemporary in style (Hillsong, Matt Redman, Vineyard, etc.) consisting of a praise team that includes guitars, drums, keys, flute, singers & also interpreters for the deaf in our congregation. Occasionally we do a blended service with both groups that is usually blended toward more contemporary styles, usually for a special Christmas concert or at the Easter services.

Share your own answers & comments!

who are we? amy h.

Well, so, I am introducing myself!

My name is Amy, I happened upon this blog through Facebook, and I am so glad I did! I just think it’s so great that women, involved and passionate about worshipping, can come together and share/support each other, so I wanted to be involved.

I’ve been involved in worship (@ church singing, on teams) for about 4 years. I didn’t even realize the contemporary worship music existed until that time ~ I was not raised in a church background (I accepted Christ when I was 17, I am 29 now) so alot of the church stuff was weird, and I have grown ALOT in my faith and my understanding of what worshipping God actually means. My husband and I made a BIG move almost 1 year ago to San Diego from Edmonton, Canada (I know, COLD!).
We’ve moved here to pursue music and our dreams and calling. It’s been hard and amazing all at the same time. A little about me: I am a graphic artist by day (which explains why I am attached to the computer, most of the time). I like to write songs, sing, frump on guitar and do pottery when I can. I live 365 steps away from the Pacific Ocean and as often as I can, I go there and just sit and look out across the water ~ I always feel like I can see glimpses of God there.

I wanted to share the story of how I came to find this blog. When we first got here, I was able to be involved in a church on the worship team, where I served for about 7 months. I was asked to be in leadership/leading a team of musicians in the church body (which was on the smaller side) and through the experience (which was challenging to say the least) we ended up moving and leaving, but the reason’s for leaving, were not just moving (does that make sense?).

I love God ~ I mean LOVE Him, I long to serve Him with my whole heart. I believe that each of us has a gift that He’s given, and we’re called to serve His body, and the world with our talents. What I experienced in the last half a year frustrated me, challenged me and made me, NOT want to be involved. I was even MORE impassioned to worship Him, and yet, I felt like people were NOT getting it, that it was a struggle for People to engage, (which, I know could be a number of things) Working with the staff was frustrating too, communication was really fragmented and sometimes non-existent. At the end of the 7 months, I felt very frustrated, and drained emotionally, however, spiritually, I felt more deeply seeking than ever before. I was burdened for the church in prayer and worship and yet I was being pulled away.

Worship is NOT supposed to be complicated, it’s not supposed to be a show ~ it’s supposed to be simple, beautiful, praise to God, right? But how do you (for lack of a better phrase) “teach people to worship God?”

So, trying to keep this short, as I was looking for answers, for what was going on in my life, and how to grow from my experience and learn from it, as opposed to becoming a victim of it. I found this community of women, who are the position of leading worship and are sharing their journeys ~ Praise the Lord!

I want to learn so much from those who are more experienced than me. I want to grow in my walk with God, and worship Him more, every day, in every way, not just music, (altho, I do feel like that’s my love language with Him) but through life.

And that’s me =)

Resource: Planted by the Water: The Making of a Worship Leader

 

Hands-down, best ever worship book I’ve ever read.

Chris Falson has a way to encourage you that is amazing. I’ve read it backwards and forwards four times. I’ve gone to specific chapters. I keep buying them and giving them away, so I don’t have one now.

Practical, hands on help with virtually every aspect of worship leading.

Definately a must have.

Book Recommendations

So, this is a question for all those out there, mainly in worship arts, but anyone who can offer suggestions! 🙂

I’m trying to expand my resources & knowledge on worship, particularly relating to leading worship & working with worship teams, choirs, musicians, & so forth. Would any of you care to suggest some must-haves for my bookshelf, good resources, good reads in general on such topics…??

(Don’t be afraid to suggest the obvious ones even if you think I already know about them or have read them–it’s good to see others’ confirmation of must-have books as well!)

I’ll soon enter a new chapter of God’s will for my life, & I’m looking to do my part in some of the preparation as well, but want to spend wisely when it comes to books & other resources with the small salary I currently make!

Also, if anyone wants to review books (or a few books at a time with even just a sentence or two about each!) feel free to contact Mandy or I so that we can share this with the other women in worship here.

Thank you all tremendously!

Can/Should a Woman Lead Worship?

One of our blog friends, Alex Mclean, has this VERY interesting discussion going on his blog.

Go check it out… I hope you’ll be encouraged.

Blessings,

mandy

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