If you do all the work yourself, you’ve missed the point

My friend Tom Kraeuter from Training Resources wrote this post for our Fertilizer tribe.

Some people may not like this idea, but I think a big part of the calling of a worship leader is to train others. I’ve met lots of worship leaders who have never even considered the idea of mentoring someone else. Yet, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul tells us that the purpose of leadership in the Church is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry.” (Ephesians 4:12)

As a leader, if you do all the work yourself, you’ve missed the point. Even if you happen to be extremely competent in your leadership role, you’ve still missed God’s best if you merely do that job on your own. See, your job is not to demonstrate how talented and capable you are. It is to help equip others to do the work. It’s to make them competent to minister. As a worship leader, you must be involved in preparing others to lead worship. You need to be mentoring them, discipling them.

When you have that mindset, the question shifts away from, “What should I be doing as a leader?” At that point, we all know what we must be doing: training others. So the new question—the really big question that replaces the “what” question—is, “Who should we be discipling?” When we honestly face that question, it totally alters our focus.

That idea takes us way beyond what songs we should use on any given Sunday morning. It transcends whether we should use in-ear monitors, the best sources for new music, or whether music stands are acceptable on the platform. It’s even more important than whether or not “Reckless Love” is theologically-sound.

To answer the who-question means you have to intentionally be on the lookout for who God wants you to mentor. This is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Finding the right person is a huge step in the process, but it’s not the whole process.

You also have to consider how you will train them. What are the important things that you need to pour into them? What are the crucial elements you wish someone had taught you? How can you help this person avoid much of the trial-and-error method that so many of us have walked through?

If you’re a worship leader, and you’ve never before considered that mentoring others might be a big part of your role, I want to challenge and encourage you to rethink that. If the role of leadership in the church really is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry,” then maybe this is more important than you thought.

And if you want some help doing that, you might check out MyWorshipLeadingCoach.com. Make sure to use the coupon code adlibmusic for 10% off. 


ps. Tom graciously features interviews with me on his site :)