Last week, we looked at five things every pastor wants to say to the worship leader. Below are five things every worship leader wants to say to the pastor.
Note: These are written from the perspective of worship leaders writing to pastors.
1. Be A Worshiper
The greatest way to affirm the worship leader is to let them lead you in worship and watch you respond whole-heartedly to the presence of the Lord. When the pastor worships, they are telling the worship leader and the entire congregation that what’s going on is important. Ultimately, the pastor is the worship leader of every church, therefore there is no way to have a worshiping congregation without a worshiping pastor!
2. Affirm My Role In The Church
It has long been said that we need to worship God to prepare our hearts for the Word, but it could just as easily be said that we need to hear God’s Word to prepare our hearts for the worship. God is at work when we worship in spirit and truth. Affirm to your worship leader that their role [of engaging people in authentic expressions of corporate worship] is of the utmost importance in a Christian’s spiritual life. When a pastor affirms the worship leader’s role in the church, it will inspire the worship leader to have a deeper sense of responsibility and want to give their very best!
3. Affirm Our Relationship
Befriending your worship leader is a great way to say, “You are important and I value you.” The kingdom of God should be thought of more as a family than an institution. No matter how big your church is, a great leader should be in touch with his fellow leaders. Pastors sometimes forget that the worship leader is often the second most visible leader in the church, so staying on the same page relationally can pay great dividends.
4. Be A Cheerleader
Be the kind of pastor that prays for and celebrates the successes of your worship leader. If you make him/her feel that you are watching out for them, they aren’t going to feel like they have to fight for themselves. Nothing will make your worship leader want to stay with you and serve you more than knowing that you are their greatest cheerleader.
5. Lead With Humility And Integrity
Be the kind of leader your worship leader will want to be like, follow and trust. If a church has an atmosphere where humility is valued, it will help deflate a lot of the egos, which can be a problem with worship team members. Worship leaders and musicians are watching to see if the church is all about you, or all about you serving the church. If they see humility and servanthood in you, they will want to give it back to you and others.