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Are You A Rock Star or a Worship Leader?

Are You a Rockstar Or a Praise and Worship Leader?
By Darin Browne

Becoming a praise and worship leader is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord, but it also comes with tremendous responsibility. A praise and worship leader must be a servant, not a star, but must also couple their onstage presentation with genuine leadership skills as they manage and arrange the band and singer. Many who start with good intentions can be seduced by the whole experience, so as a leader it is always good to stop and examine your heart as you serve in this area.

Let’s face it: being a praise and worship leader looks glamorous from the audience, especially in a large church, but this belies the true nature of what becoming a worship leader is all about. Most decide to serve in this area because they want to use an obvious gift that the Lord has given them in a positive and tangible way. They sing, or play an instrument, enjoy music and so are keen to use what the Lord has given them in the best way they can.

However, being a praise leader can also come with a “dark side”, because it is a showy and up front gift which can stimulate real pride issues in a way that many other gifts do not. Standing in front of an audience, playing music or singing, often draws adulation from the crowd, and as a praise and worship leader I can attest to the fact that there is a huge degree of satisfaction from leading worship, seeing the people worship deeply, and knowing that you have played a part in it. However, there is a massive difference between feeling satisfaction for a job well done and being engulfed by pride!

Singing on stage is not a phenomenon peculiar to the praise leader. Turn on the TV and you will see, from Hollywood to Bollywood to MTV, men and women on stage singing. Some are famous, every one of them wants to be more famous, and it seems that everybody in the world falls at their feet and loves them. These stars are perfectionists, who often treat others badly and get upset if everything is not prepared exactly to their demanding specifications. It seems that their gift and skill gives them an excuse to behave badly and treat others with contempt.

Many praise and worship leaders have been seduced by the MTV phenomenon. They become perfectionists, short tempered with their music team and enjoy the adulation of the people more than the hard work of serving. I even know a superb praise leader who is currently attempting to “cross over” to the secular world and have a hit record. Is it really to have a platform to proclaim Christ, or is it so he can be famous? Only he knows the truth, but I would suggest that he and I have a fundamentally different view about what being a true leader is. In my eyes, being a praise leader is not a second rate occupation, or a fall back position or a stepping stone to something greater! It is the best, most satisfying and highest calling a musician or singer can have, and I do this as my first choice, not a stepping stone to real stardom!

I know that everyone likes to be in control and everyone likes to be popular, having others look up to them. I feel this myself when I travel and minister around the world and also when I minister in my home church in praise and worship leading. It is entirely natural, but as praise and worship leaders (and as true servants), we need to fight this and remember that, despite our obvious gifts, being a praise and worship leader is not about success, adulation or control.

So if we want to become a true, godly leader, this needs to be more than a feeling of humility. The way we interact with our band and singers, the way we express our desires, the way we conduct ourselves on stage and the way we humbly serve the Lord and the Pastor must reflect a servant’s heart.

Praise and worship leading has one, central, pivotal calling: to serve. Sure, we have a gift, and tend to be fairly popular, but at the core we must be servants. We must never laud it over our team members or church members and we can never afford to be haughty or prideful. We are not stars, not pre-Madonnas and being a praise and worship leader is not a second choice behind being a star on MTV. To whom much has been given, much will be expected, and we need to be those who treat others well and keep our feet on the ground.

Our reward, fellow praise and worship leaders, is in heaven when we hear our Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

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