As I sat there listening to this pastor share about this challenge he was experiencing, my heart went out to him.

“One of the greatest challenges is that my worship team wants to play worship on stage and then sit in the back or leave church altogether. They don’t seem interested in hearing the Word of God.”

Unfortunately, this is something that I see is altogether common amongst worship leaders and worship teams at local churches. So many times, by nature of being on the worship team on the platform, they become exclusionary to other people within the congregation. They’re put up on a stage and admired by many in the pews. Then, they leave the stage and often go hang out and have coffee or leave church altogether. This creates a separation relationally from those they’re leading in the congregation.

As I sat there listening to this pastor share about this challenge he was experiencing, my heart went out to him. Click To Tweet

But I believe there is a greater issue going on. One greater than just missing community with the congregation and the congregation seeing them leading by example. It begs the greater question of not hearing the Word of God being spoken. Thus, it creates the implication that there’s not a value for the Word of God in their life.

I’m not saying this is across the board, but in many places, there is a prevailing problem of worship team members not being interested or having a value of the Word of God.

I have the opportunity to talk with and coach many worship leaders. I often will ask them questions like ‘What does your personal study life look like? What does your personal meditation life look like?’ So many times, in their response, there’s such a lack of having actual time spent in the Word of God.

Worship leaders, singers, and musicians should be the ones leading the way in the experiential knowledge of the beauty of God that we find within the pages of this ancient book. Click To Tweet

Let me preface by saying, I totally get it. I’m not saying this to be judgmental in any way. I get that we’re all busy. Most of you are volunteers within your local churches. You have a nine-to-five job. You have a spouse. You have kids. You have recreational things that you do. The thought of having time to study the Word can make you say, “What?! You want me to add one more thing to my life to try and do?” 

I get it!

This is something I’ve struggled to do many times in my life.

But I’ve found over and over again that it is one of the most vital things I need to do for my own personal walk with Jesus.

The call that I’m making isn’t that you just have some time in the Word or encourage your team to have some time in the Word. The larger call I’m making is that we would, as worship leaders, as singers, as musicians, be the ones leading the way in the experiential knowledge of the beauty of God that we find within the pages of this ancient book.

In a day where truth is seen as a relative term dependent on how someone is feeling that day, there’s something so valuable about dwelling on, and studying God’s word. It’s encouraging to be reminded that there’s an absolute truth and to walk with others who are committed to that.

We MUST study the Word of God. 

We MUST meditate on the Word of God. 

The first reason being that it is a no-brainer answer to alleviate the problem of the disconnect between a worship team and their congregation. As ones who set an example on and off the stage, you don’t want your congregants and other younger singers, musicians, and worship leaders who aren’t on the team to be seeing an example of a worship team who ministers on the platform but aren’t sitting and receiving from the Word. That is reason enough. 

WORSHIP LEADERS: In a day where truth is seen as a relative term dependent on how someone is feeling that day, there’s something so valuable about dwelling on, and studying God’s word. Click To Tweet

And the second and larger reason why we must study the Word of God is that it is our lifeline. When the living word touches the living God inside of you, your heart will live abundantly. 

Is studying and meditating on the Word of God on your own something that you struggle with? Have you noticed some of these trends within your own worship team? 

I’d love to hear from you. 

Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Truman reservoir, MO. Check out more of his work here.


I’m Justin Rizzo. I enable worship leaders who feel isolated, overworked, and unfocused to experience peace, confidence and create thriving worship communities.







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2 comments

  1. Norman E Peterson

    Hello Justin and participants: Actually, there is another reason for the worship team to disappear for a bit after a set: We learned this at the GPR when Jon allowed us to sit in on a brief and de-brief. It became quite clear to us that this process was very beneficial to our team and the things we heard from the Lord as well as some aspect of the worship that was ‘over the top’ in beauty could be shared. It is an immediate necessity for that purpose.
    It’s hard to just go back into the room, sit down and begin meditating on Him when moments ago you couldn’t stand and
    couldn’t lie down either. You know the feeling. So…we are absent for a time and then when we are relaxed and done (NO negative wrong key, missed cue, missing whatever allowed either)
    No one really notices, usual thoughts are refreshment, bathroom break. Just another angle to “disappearing” Norm

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