As I embark on my journey as the Worship Leader of the Foundation Community Church, I have quickly learned that it is far more than playing music every week. Sure, that is fun but it’s not a gig for personal benefit. It’s an event for God. I am to become a disciple for Christ as well as mentor and encourage others to walk in that same path. Whoa, talk about some pressure. Why can’t I just play my guitar and be creative when I want to? Do we really have to practice every week even though we are going to playing Sunday anyway?
As worship leaders, we will all go through the challenges of keeping ourselves fresh with ideas and inspiration as well as keeping others motivated and moving in the direction of the mission of the church. We need to create and nourish the unity within our team and keep God forefront. Musicians love to be in the forefront because that is how we are wired but this is not our band and we must maintain a balance that not only feeds personal creativity but glorifies the King of Kings. It is difficult with all the preparation that goes into each week not to get sidetracked and lose focus on the bigger picture. Most of the time you might not even hear the message being presented so this is why that as a worship leader we must disciple those on our team because they need the inspiration as much or more than we do. Leading not only applies to who you are playing to but who you are playing with.