A year ago at this time, I had three drummers. Right now, I have one. ONE. Two years ago, our rehearsals were long and I would leave thinking, “If I just keep singing, maybe no one will hear all those rough spots”. Now, rehearsals feel like a breeze and I’m confident in my musicians.
If there’s anything I’ve learned about being a Worship Leader, it’s that ups and downs are sure to come but no matter what, there’s a group of people here each Sunday ready to sing to the Lord.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how to avoid the disappointments and valleys. I can’t tell you how to make it so no one ever quits your team. And I can’t give you a step by step process on how to ensure you will only play with the finest musicians. The truth is, leading worship will feel hard sometimes and sometimes it will feel great. This up and down roller coaster-like adventure is exhausting.
I’m here to tell you to keep going and to keep praying.
When you’re in a valley, the first thing you need to do is remember your “why”. Why are you a worship leader? Why are you at your specific church? Bringing this into focus helps us keep our “press on” attitude. Another super important step to take when you feel the disappointments piling up, is to pray. Matthew 9:37-38 says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore PRAY EARNESTLY to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers in to his harvest.”
I love this verse because it tells me that God knows. He knows that the laborers are few. He knows that it’s going to be hard at times. And he wants to meet me in prayer. He’s ready to listen and answer.
Now, think back to the last time you felt great as a worship leader. Really remember what was going on with your church, your team, your music, your personal life, etc. Write it down. What would happen to our perspective if we kept a record of the highs? What would happen if we kept track of salvations, new team members, musicians who memorized their music, the times we could hear the whole congregation loud and clear, and so on and so on.
I can only imagine that it would propel us through the lows.
Worship Leader, I am right there with you. I vividly remember the tears I cried when a bass player and dear friend of mine decided to leave the church. I know what it’s like to see yet another week of a low offering and wonder if the church will be able to pay me.
Remember your why and press on.
Pray, because God knows, listens, and answers.
Keep track of the ups so you can endure the downs.