So the other day, I was spending some one on one time with a dear friend and we began to have an in-depth discussion about worship. While intently listening and sipping my delicious latte, I waited patiently as she began sharing her experience and observation of the worship team at her church. She is also a part of the music ministry. While discussing her concerns, I silently began to pray that the Lord would give me the words of encouragement to share with her. I could tell that we was coming from a place of sincerity, as her desire was to grow and learn to become all that God has called her to be. Her heart was to reveal God’s love to the people through worship but she also understands that her heart must be prepared to be open and a willing vessel. After giving me some background, she asked, “how do I avoid getting burned out and frustrated with the leaders I serve?” All I could think of was…my goodness that is a loaded question.
I began to share my journey as a worship leader and gave her a few things to consider.
- Understand that we all have different personalities and idiosyncrasies. Our uniqueness is what makes us great when we all acknowledge one another’s strength and weakness. We must collaboratively work together towards a common goal.
- Love them unconditionally–not just with your lips but through action. Take some time to get to know your leaders. A few words of encouragement goes a long way. Leaders tend to deal with many things that they may not share with you and therefore the pressures of the day may be taking a toll and they just need someone to say,”we love you and will do our part to be ready at rehearsal or the Sunday service”.
- Pray for them–yes, it’s great if you include them in your prayer closet, but take a moment before or after rehearsal and pray for them right at that very moment. Being a leader can be a very lonely place sometimes and it’s nice to know that your team has your back.
- Make sure that it is not you–sometimes we project our issues onto others and never realize that we may be the problem. Always be open in your communication and be willing to pull your leaders aside and ask for clarification. Sometimes, what you hear or perceive may not have been what was communicated. Address issues and concerns in a timely manner to avoid bigger problems.
- Seek Godly counsel–if you have made a sincere attempt to resolve the issue, then seek counsel with a church leader or senior pastor. Be careful- this does not mean that you gossip or vent to someone. Use wisdom to ensure that the person you reach out to has good intentions in helping you find a resolution that lines up with God’s word.
These are just a few things we discussed, but most importantly always remember that you represent Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to use you to minister His love in all situations.