One of the worst things you can do as a worship leader is to say yes to a weaker singer or musician joining your team if you’re not going to invest in that person in an intentional way.

It is not fair to just wait until he or she gets tired of never being used on the team and eventually quits. Yes, I have learned this from experience and doing it the WRONG way!

Raising up the next generation of singers and musicians can be one of the hardest things to do. We are all here to worship God and we are bearing our hearts before Him and each other as singers and musicians, so to have an honest conversation with someone about his or her skill level and ability can be an intimidating thing. However, as worship leaders, we shouldn’t have weaker singers and musicians on our team unless we are committed to seeing them grow and helping them in that process.

One of the worst things you can do as a worship leader is to say yes to a weaker singer or musician joining your team if you’re not going to invest in that person in an intentional way. Click To Tweet

Over the years, I have learned to ask myself whether I am making disciples of those on my team (Matt. 28:19-20). This can sound like an overwhelming task, but I like to think about it this way: Am I paying attention to and sowing into the lives of the singers and musicians I am leading?

As I have said before, one of the best and simplest ways to make disciples is conversationally. Preaching sermons and lecturing people is not the best way to disciple them. Effective discipleship really all comes down to conversations. Think about your team, whether it’s two people or twenty. Think about the conversations you’ve had in the past few weeks – not just conversations about music or sports, but meaningful conversations. If you find that this area has been lacking depth and richness, the good news is that you can begin working on improving it right away.

As worship leaders, we shouldn’t have weaker singers and musicians on our team unless we are committed to seeing them grow and helping them in that process. Click To Tweet

Learn to ask questions that make opportunities for people to share the deep things on their minds. Sharing from your own heart is key to helping others feel comfortable to open up and share with you. As they learn that your team is a safe place to process life together, they will feel more comfortable opening up. This is how disciples are made.

Pastoring your team creates a safe environment for everyone.

When done effectively, shepherding your team can help create a place of safety where people are free to pursue the Lord with vulnerability and transparency. It’s a priceless thing when both you and your teammates feel safe within the team and you’re pursuing God together. There’s nothing better than running hard after God, except maybe doing it with other people. A healthy worship team is a prime example of where this can happen.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below.

When done effectively, shepherding your team can help create a place of safety where people are free to pursue the Lord with vulnerability and transparency. Click To Tweet

Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Mt Baker National Forest, WA. 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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6 comments

  1. Rachel Balsamo

    This is so true. Running after God with others is life changing. It keeps you passionate and strong in the Lord. My teammates that I worship with have become family. Worship is intamate. So that in it’s self creates relationship .

  2. In our worship team we have a saying: It is equally important to play, pray and plow together. In essence it means that there should be times where we have fun together, pray and do spiritual stuff like Bible study and also give attention to the technical stuff like rehearsals, training etc.

    Trying to maintain a balance in all 3 areas has done wonders for our team, although we still haven’t “got it down” 100% ! 🙂

    Blessings and thank you for all your precious input – we appreciate you!

  3. Jacqueline

    Thank you, Justin. You’ve answered what I want to ask for long. Would love to hear more from you on this.

    1. Justin Rizzo

      So glad it was encouraging, Jacqueline! Definitely more to come on this.

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