- Stephen Miller on Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars.
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- Kevin Larson on How to raise up preachers in your church.
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- Tony Morgan on the top 10 leadership mistakes.
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- David Walker on What every worship leader wants their pastor to know. Makes me grateful for Paul and the relationship we have.
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- Brian Tracy on How to influence people.
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- Gloria Furman on What a pastor’s wife is supposed to be like. I did a series of blog posts on this topic and it is still my most read series ever.
I put a quote on facebook the other day that I figured would anger a few people, and sure enough, it did. Matthew Barnett, lead pastor of the Dream Center said, “You know you’re in trouble when a worship leader stops singing, pulls out a Bible and says, “I have a word.”
Here is the point, this doesn’t mean a worship leader should never say anything. The problem for many worship leaders is that they say things on the fly, not planning them out, in the emotion of the moment AND very few worship leaders have the gift of teaching. When they talk, they are actually moving out of their gifting and not serving the church well.
As a speaker, there is nothing more frustrating than getting off stage just to have the worship leader stand on stage and recap your message in 5 minutes. In fact, I have had worship leaders say, “I bet Josh would say that” after I spoke. The problem is that I didn’t say it.
Think about it like this. If Paul got done with a set at the end of the night, I walked on stage, picked up his guitar and started playing it and said, “I just love that song, why don’t we sing it again?” That’s what it is like when most worship leaders talk in a service.
This is one of the things that I appreciate about the relationship I have with Paul, we both do what we are good at. Let me say this, I could not do what Paul does. I have no desire to do it, but I know that if I did it would not serve God or our church well. I believe that worship leading is like a sixth sense. It takes amazing skill to be able to put songs together, to lead people in worship, to help them understand what worship is and how to worship God instead of themselves. He spends hours every week working on the 30 minutes of the service that he is on stage and all the details that go into that when it comes to sound, video and lighting. In the same way, speakers spend 10 – 20 hours a week working on a sermon.
What this gets into is the the teamwork that a pastor and worship leader have and living in their gifting to serve the church well together.