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Practical Worship Leader training program

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Worship Leader program

10 Nights

For only 10 nights we venture into what it looks like to be a worship leader.

Short teaching

15-20 minutes sessions that are compact but empowering

Practical application

We give challenges and practical advise on how to live or learn this lifestyle

Night 1
Spiritual Discipline

Focus Scripture - 1 Timothy 4:7–8 - Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

1 Chronicles 16:11 - Seek the Lord and his strength;

seek his presence continually!

Teaching – We should be shaped by scripture and not look to other forms for growth. Do you know where to lead the congregation to somewhere you have not been or don’t know of? We all think about spending more time but rarely do. Be the difference so you are full of the Holy Spirit.

Practical – Spending time with God in prayer and reading the word of God on a regular basis allows the Holy Spirit to transform you. In turn you are able to remember scripture that can help in your own situations and when a band member needs help. This breaks the world of scripture open over your worship.

Night 2
Lover of God
and His people

Focus Scripture – Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

1 John 4:20-21 For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Teaching – As a worship leader we are entrusted with created an atmosphere for His presence. Our hearts and minds should be focussed on the restoration His presence brings when in worship for the congregation and the band itself. Are you a good steward of your band members spiritual health? How are they doing? They are under your “wing”.

Practical – Check in with your band members. Are they in a difficult space? Drink a coffee or go somewhere and disciple them. They are entrusted to you, if we love God we must take care of His sheep.

Night 3
Humility and self-control

Focus Scripture – Colossians 3:12 - Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Ephesians 4:2 - Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

 

Teaching – Humility and Self-Control are characteristics that help create a leader that has influence. Servanthood is a great example of these virtues.

Practical – This is more of an inward focus on what goes on inside you when certain things of people “happen”. Are you able to control your emotions and feelings when a band member is difficult? Try and be less focussed on what works for you. Easiest way to start this habit and develop this characteristic is to start serving.

Night 4
Transparency

Focus Scripture – Ephesians 4:25 - “Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”

2 Corinthians 8:21 - “For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.”

Teaching – Transparency creates a trusting and participating environment especially in worship where it is of utmost importance. Transparent leaders create a level playing field where members feel they are in a way part of the leadership, and this motivates and drives commitment of the band members. No one wants to feel left out.

Practical – When making certain decisions that impact the band, be transparent about why you made the decision and maybe even ask their opinion about the situation. Explain! Ask for someone’s input on a decision that might impact them.

Night 5
Trustworthiness and integrity

Focus Scripture – Colossians 3:9-10 - Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Proverbs 12:22 - The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 11:3 - The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Teaching – Two critical aspects of a leader. Those under your “wing” in leadership and friendship want to experience trustworthiness and integrity in their relationships. These two aspects create a solid foundation of trust in you as a leader and also in the decisions you make. My father always said integrity is what you do when no one is looking. Are you the same person when no one is watching you? Would you do the same things and make the same decisions?

 

Practical – When you make a decision stick with it. When someone comes with information that is sensitive, keep it to yourself. Be so steadfast in your trustworthiness and integrity that even when you aren’t in the room people will defend you because of your character, others will immediately spot the lies someone tells when you are steadfast in your integrity.

Night 6
Leadership and communication skills

Focus Scripture – James 3:1 - Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Luke 12:48 - Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more

Colossians 4:6 - Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Teaching – Leadership and communication goes hand in hand. You can’t be a good leader if you do not communicate and communicate well. You as a leader will be in a teaching position because people listen to you and learn from what you do, there is a heavier burden on those who teach and take care of God’s sheep. Be sure to communicate well to others. Be sure of what you are going to say so others aren’t confused. Leadership cant function without communication.

 

Practical – When you have the chance to lead people even at work, communicate well that the person you spoke to or that you lead knows exactly what is expected of them. When getting a chance to lead a song, be clear on things such as structure and dynamics and the band will know what to do where (you will have successfully lead a band for a song)

Night 7
Social/Relationship(people) skills

Focus Scripture – Look at the sermon on the mount, Jesus taught people skills to a certain degree, peacemakers, merciful, pure in heart, love your neighbor, we are the salt and light of the earth bringing flavour and change…

Teaching – Sosial skills can open doors for you the moment you allow people close to your heart, they start caring more as well. Why do we say people skills are important? As a worship leader you constantly deal with people of all types…from band members to church members who you’ve  never seen. But because you are on a platform they will hope to approach you if it is for advice or prayer maybe even just a chat, people feel they know you when they regularly see you on a platform. Introverts can have people skills, not just extroverts, don’t change your personality just be kind to everyone and have patience.

Practical – Make a point to start chatting with church members who you have not had a lot of contact with and try and find out the basics like where they are from, how they found the church and their experience. People love talking about themselves (unselfish way), ask them questions, they basically do the speaking, and you learn very fast what a person likes and who they are.

Night 8
Admin skills

Teaching – Admin skills are a necessity when you are a worship leader. From creating chord charts, to scheduling members for Sundays, to keeping everyone update on a communication group. Admin skills become a discipline if you aren’t skilled in it. The key word in admin skills is planning. Plan when to communicate, plan when to create and send the chord charts, plan to ensure that your members know when they are on the team for a Sunday and need to attend practise. You aren’t a secretary, but your communication can only be as good as how you plan to communicate. Admin skills must sometimes be forced to kickstart the proses, but you will find it runs itself when the routine starts flowing. As a worship leader, admin skills make your work easy for you and the members to be on par with what needs to happen. Even when an event happens you must organise the members and let them know of the event.

Practical – create a mock-up of a week’s process of preparing for band. Chose what keys the songs will be in, who will sing those songs, who is on what instrument for the weekend, create chord sheets for everyone, send YouTube links of the songs you are hoping to do so that the band has an example, schedule a worship rehearsal time and when they need to check in on Sunday.

Night 9
Commitment

Focus Scripture – Galatians 6:9 - Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

1 Corinthians 9:24 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it

 

Teaching – Commitment when being a worship leader can fluctuate unfortunately. Sometimes we fall into a routine and expect the routine to finish the work. You have heard about counting the cost. This is where you count the cost when being a worship leader. Prepare for late nights and early mornings of preparation. Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him, you have the opportunity and privilege to lead hundreds of people into worship, how amazing is that? Your work and sacrifice of family time and such will be rewarded. Stay committed and focussed.

 

Practical – Test yourself when you agree or say yes to do something don’t back out no matter what. Build up the habit of finishing what you started and finishing with a bang. Run your race full out.

Night 10
Musical ability

Focus Scripture – Psalm 33:3 - Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

1 Chronicles 15:22 “Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skilful at it”

Teaching – We read of examples of being skilled in our instruments. Kenaniah was put in charge because he was skilful in singing. We must strive to do music well if we want to pursue a position that allows us to lead people. Whatever we do we do to the glory of God. I’m not saying that if you cant play with massive amounts of skill that you shouldn’t, no, you might still be trying to learn and that’s fine but keep the focus on doing it skilfully, for you were given an understanding of music and instruments and an ability to play an instrument.

Practical – Practice. Practice. Practise.

End of the 10 weeks

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