15 Questions (and maybe some answers), Part 5 of 15

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If you missed parts 1, 2, 3 or 4 you can find them here.

Question #5: Are we building too many worship leader kingdoms? As a worship leader isn’t it my responsibility to raise up more worship leaders? Do we hog the stage?

During my recent sabbatical I’ve visited more than a dozen churches in northern Virginia, and in one of the very first visits one thing really stood out to me right away. During the worship set of this particular church the worship leader did not sing the opening song. One of the “background” singers did that. In fact the worship leader only sang one of the three songs during the set. To me nothing speaks to the humbleness of a worship leader more than giving up the spotlight.

But in most of my church visits it was just the opposite. The worship leader does the greetings, the opening or closing prayers, told the funny stories and led all of the songs. I get the logistics of this. It’s easier on the soundperson, there’s more continuity to the sound of the band and most likely the leader is the more experienced or best singer on the stage. But the worship set is more than a product. It’s more than putting on the best “performance.” And the leader’s responsibilities are not just limited to the sound, the performance or the singing.

Teaching, raising up other leaders, allowing the band members to grow in their gifts, accountability within the team and being on board with the church’s vision are equally important to the quality of the set.  If you are really a leader shouldn’t you be allowing your team members to lead songs from time to time? Shouldn’t you be teaching/allowing your team how to do the opening prayer, the morning greeting, or a scripture reading?

If you’re looking for your Sunday morning congregation to really participate in the worship service, I’ve found that demonstrating that on the stage is a really good first step. As a worship leader you should be about building only one kingdom and it’s not yours.


John Amodea has more than 35 years of experience in the music industry. His more recent music experience…

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