Every worship pastor can improve in their leadership. There's always room to grow, do better, or serve more effectively. Here's 4 ways to be a better worship pastor this weekend:
Pray for your people. Take time to walk through your auditorium and pray for the people that will be filling the seats on Sunday. Pray that they will experience the presence of God as you worship and hear the word. Pray over your musicians, singers, and tech staff. Ask God to meet them as they prepare for weekend ministry. Pray that God would bless their families and give them favor in their workplaces. Pray for your pastor-that God would fill them with his Spirit as they prepare and write their message for the weekend. Ask God to speak to you and lead you as you lead the people in worship. The work you do is so important. Don't neglect the true source of power for your life and ministry because you have a lot to do.
Do you know why you're singing the songs you're singing? Have you spent time getting the truth of the songs into your heart? Seek God for something specific that he might want to share in your worship sets. Take time to think/pray through your transitions. What verse could you share? What exactly would you feel like God is leading you to say? Being Spirit-led and being unprepared are not the same thing. Take time and seek God before you step on stage.
The worship pastor should be the one that knows the music the most. It's frustrating for everyone if the worship pastor or worship leader is unprepared musically. Sit down and run through the songs before you get to rehearsal. What creative elements could you bring to the songs you're singing this week? Memorize the music so you can listen and direct without having to focus so much on playing/singing the right chords and words yourself. It might sound weird, but the more prepared you are, the easier it will be to be spontaneous in your worship. It takes a lot of work beforehand to be spontaneous. When you and your team know where to go musically, you can begin to think about expanding creativity within your songs.
Worship pastors have a lot of things to think about on any given Sunday. But let's not forget the main reason we're there-to shepherd God's people. It's tempting to check out, hit the green room, and browse on your phone between services, or disconnect during the message. Resist the urge to disconnect from your people, and get out there and greet them. Pray with them. Hear their stories. Show support for your pastor by sitting in the auditorium and listening to the message. Your greatest ministry of the weekend might just be something you say to someone while you're not on the stage.
Let's remember that what we do is much more than notes, chords, and lyrics. We're in the business of life-change, of leading people to declare the truth of God's word in their lives, to look past their current reality to God's greater reality for their lives. It's our honor and privilege to be filled with the Spirit, on our game, and ready to do whatever God may ask us to do. Let's not neglect the "ordinary" moments of tuning our hearts each week to hear what God would say. Let's prepare the soil of our own hearts to be able to lead effectively.