Lessons From My First Year As A Lead Pastor – Investing In Your Worship Team

Investing In Your Worship Team

“Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
    break out in praise and sing for joy!
Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song,
with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
    Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!”

(Psalm 98:4-6)


It was an early, damp, overcast March morning but the church was already filling up by the time we arrived. For those who were still a bit groggy, the coffee and tea were hot and the atmosphere was charged.

It was the 6th Annual David Festival.  The 250 in attendance was double that of the year before and represented almost 30 worship bands enthused to learn more about their gifting.

The day was very practical with morning and afternoon workshops  dealing with everything from “Reading  A Lead Sheet” to  “Engaging Your Congregation in Worship”.

The first session after lunch was an exercise in bravery.  Have you ever taken a class where you were required to give a speech that was then debriefed by the prof in front of the class?  Now imagine you’re part of a Worship Team and you play and get debriefed in front of 250 people:)

The format for both bands was to play  two songs and then they were debriefed by the Panel Members.  It was interesting how slight changes in the intro, vocal arrangements or pace could make such a difference to their presentation. Both bands received thunderous applause for their courage:)

Keynote speaker for the day was Robin Mark from Ireland.  He was humble, humourous, insightful and encouraging.  He spoke twice, was involved in the Songwriting Intensive and lead a Worship Concert that night.

As we left the church that afternoon it was still damp and the clouds were still hanging low over us but we were inspired, enlightened and ready to put what we learned into practice.

As ministers we all understand that training our people for the work of the Gospel is part of our mandate.  We train our ushers, greeters, small group leaders and Sunday School workers but what about our Worship Teams?

  • Is there a Worship Conference you can attend with your Worship Team?
  • Can you organize your own David Festival? (The Festival has been growing for the past 6 years and was held in a town of just 12,000 people)
  • How about having a Worship Leader from another church come and work with your people for a Saturday morning?

Here are some notes from the morning session I attended. The speaker  was Pastor Barry Webster

Being In Step With The Spirit


“God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4”24)

“Without a genuine encounter with God, true worship hasn’t occurred.” (John Chisum – Integrity Music)


Personal Preparation

1) Personally Prepare

  • Make sure your heart is right with God

2) Put In The Time

  • A Pastor should put in the proper amount of time to prepare to preach the rules are no different for a Worship Leader

3) Sit In His Presence

  • You can’t lead someone where you have not been

Team Preparation

 1) Train Your People – What is biblical worship anyway?

2) Pray and Worship Together – Builds Unity

3) Deal with Issues

4) Give Music In Advance

(The goal here is to increase skill and Biblical knowledge)

Congregation Preparation

 1) Know Where Your People Are

  • If your church is still singing 80’s worship songs get them into the early 90’s first, don’t make the jump to 2014 to soon:)

2) Lead Them Deeper Into The Presence of God

3) Move in Steps

  • Have a call to worship, time of thanksgiving, praise, worship/adoration, time of reflection and response.

Worship is more than about having a good feeling but about changed hearts. Worship has the opportunity to bring healing into people’s lives. Therefore, God should expect that we put in the necessary effort to lead our people in worship not matter what our tradition or style of worship may be.

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