Monday, November 26, 2007

Ten Things I’ve Learned About Raising Up Worship Leaders

Andy Park

1. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of training others
I like the "Five Step Discipleship model" I learned from John Wimber:

A. Lead worship with a worship leader in training in attendance.
B. Have that person play alongside you while you lead.
C. Have that person lead while you play alongside him or her.
D. Talk about the worship time afterward.
E. Finish the process by letting them lead alone.

As long as you’re a page ahead of the people you’re leading, you have something to say!

2. Be unselfish

Be committed to building God’s kingdom, not your own. If there’s only one weekly meeting in your church, you might have to share your space! Co-lead with an apprentice. Gradually increase his or her levels of responsibility.

3. Choose people who have a well-rounded worship life and Christ-like Character

Worship leaders have more authority when their lives match their songs. Outstanding worshippers in the Bible are also noted for their acts of service to God. Furthermore, when the church sees someone who is "going for it" in God’s kingdom they are more willing to follow that person in worship.

4. Choose people who risk and have a good track record

At the Anaheim Vineyard, we have a gifted worship leader named Mike Kinnen. Mike spearheaded worship in a local church plant. He had lots of responsibilities that were new to him, like raising up a worship band and worship with a P.A. system. Then, he raised up other worship leaders and left them doing it in his place. I like to work with risk-takers who don’t quit even when the going gets tough.

5. Choose people who have "bought in" to your ministry

You can’t lead people that don’t want to follow you. The most fruitful mentoring relationships I’ve have are those in which there is mutual admiration between the two parties. If a person has the skills, experience, knowledge, perspective and character that I admire, I’ll have a reason to pursue them.

6. Choose people that have well-rounded skills

The best worship band leaders are good pastors and leaders. Worship team members need to be cared for as people, not just deployed as musicians. If a young leader has a compassionate heart and is a good people person, he or she can be trained to pastor.

7. Release people into positions of responisibility gradually

Give someone a little responsibility and see how it goes. It is important to determine if the worship trainee is "faithful with the little things." Even if God speaks to you powerfully about a person’ calling, a proven track record will confirm what god has shown you before you give someone a permanent position.

8. Use the three arenas for training: the classroom, worship time, and personal meetings

The classroom:
The basics of worship and worship leading can be taught once or twice a year through a six or eight session course. Worship leaders and take more advance course once they are leading. When they find out what they don’t know, they’re more teachable.!

The worship time:
Observe the person leading. Give specific feedback about skills. Sometimes I only address one issue because I don’t’ want to weigh down a new leader with negative input.

Personal meetings
You’ll see more output from your worship leaders if you care for them personally. I take people with me whenever I go on ministry trips.

9. Expose people to othe training resources

Nobody I’ve trained has learned everything they know from me. For those who have a hard time attending training events, there are books, videos and tapes.

10. To keep giving, you have to keep growing

I take courses and seek out new material that will inform and inspire me. Unless I have fresh input, I get stale. Most importantly, make time to pray and worship by yourself. Go directly to the well of living water, and let him speak to you. This puts gas in your tank and gives you the right perspective on all your responsibilities.

Source: Vineyard Music Group

1 comment:

Boy D. said...

Thanks for this.. God bless you...