Nine Essential Traits of Qualified Worship Leaders

1. They are true worshippers in private

True worship leaders are effective because their public worship is an overflow of their deep private worship. They are able to help bring the congregation into deep worship because it is already something they walk in.

2. They don’t always need the spotlight

Mature worship leaders allow other singers and musicians to be highlighted. They do not need to be the center of attention all the time. They celebrate other people’s anointing and abilities on their team.

3. They pursue excellence with their team

Mature worship leaders understand that it takes much practice to exhibit a spirit of excellence. They understand that you just cannot show up without preparation to usher in the presence of God.

4. They are filled with the scriptures, not just the Spirit

God desires worshippers to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Hence, it is important that worship leaders be filled with the scriptures so that their worship is based upon truth and not just subjective experience. When we speak to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, we will engender the filling of the Spirit in others (Ephesians 5:19).

5. They are able to teach others the art of godly worship

Effective worship leaders develop other worship leaders and other worship teams. They understand their greatest calling is to make disciples and to freely share what Jesus has given them.

6. They build their lives upon godly character, not on their talents

Mature worship leaders never build their lives upon their gifts and talents. They understand that their ability to sing or play an instrument will only go as far as their godly character will take them.

7. They are sensitive to the move of the Spirit during a church service

Effective worship leaders understand the ebb and flow of the moves of God during a church service; they do not merely perform. They even wait upon the Lord in silence, if need be, to give God space to operate and speak to the people.

8. They are not egomaniacs but submit to spiritual authority

Mature worship leaders understand they are submitted to the leadership of their church. In many churches the senior pastor is known as the worship leader even if he/she never sings. This is to point to the fact that the senior pastor has the final say in regards to the flow of the service, not the worship leader.

9. They point their team to the vision of the church

Effective worship leaders do not draw disciples after themselves. They always point their team to the vision of the house and to the Lordship of Christ.

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