I’ve been leading worship as my primary job for almost 15 years.
Every once in a while I like to remind myself of a few things.
1. If you lead regularly in front of thousands, lead regularly in front of 10 or less.
2. If you are leading worship at a church for the first time, don’t you dare spend your time in the green room.
3. If you are leading worship at a church for the 100th time, don’t you dare spend your time in the green room
4. When preparing for your Sunday, work just as hard as what you will say between songs as what you sing during them.
5. First timers and new believers actually WANT to be told what to do. Career Christians HATE being told what to do. So…Tell them all what to do.
6. Learn to lead without using an instrument.
7. If one of your pastors tells you that you are too fat to sing on stage, truthfully, you probably need to lose some weight. And you probably need to go to another church where they let fat and skinny people sing on stage.
8. Watch your sets back on video. Every one of them.
9. Just because you are a worship leader does not mean you are a song writer.
10. Just because you are a song writer does not mean you are a worship leader.
11. Ask the people who attend your church what songs they like to sing and sing those songs.
12. Don’t try to be Joel Houston, Chris Tomlin, or Kim Walker. We already have one of them. We now need one of you.