Some Unexpected Benefits of Pastoring Your Worship Team
Pastoring your worship team isn’t automatic and won’t happen by chance. It takes intentionality and honestly, a lot of hard work.
But along with the labor of pastoring others and the fruit that it bears in their lives come the amazing spiritual benefits to you as their leader. Sowing into the people on your team will literally change your life and transform who you are.
Today I want to share two ways that pastoring your team benefits you personally.
Pastoring Your Team Helps you Evaluate Yourself and Your Team.
Being a pastor to your team means that you’re involved in shepherding the hearts and lives of your teammates. Though you may not be their official pastor, you are (hopefully) an influential spiritual leader in their lives.
As you get involved in the lives and spiritual formation of those on your team, you’ll begin to develop a new “success meter” for your team. Beyond just sounding good or being able to play a conference or event together, you’ll begin to see the bigger picture of the areas in which you are growing as a team and those in which you’re stagnant.
For example, you might begin to see that you’re strong on the musical side (on stage), but weak relationally (off stage). You might begin to find challenges with certain members on your team and areas where you can help them grow. This is an invitation to work towards growing closer together.
Pastoring your team causes personal growth and development.
Luke 6:38 says give and it shall be given unto you. As you pastor those on your team, you’ll find yourself challenged, stretched, and changed in amazingly positive ways. It’s not that you’re giving only because you’re expecting something in return. But it’s the natural process that happens – as you pour yourself out, you will find yourself being changed from glory to glory. Though sometimes painful or uncomfortable, you will be changed as you rise to meet the challenges of ministering to your team.
How has having an “outward” focus as a leader benefited you? Would love to hear your story below.
Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Banff National Park. Check out more of his work here.