4 Priceless Benefits of Being a Leader
The spiritual benefits that come from leading worship literally change our lives and transform who we are.
Though not an exhaustive list, here are four benefits that I’ve found of being a worship leader:
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1. Being a worship leader helps keep you spiritually accountable.
Many times, I don’t feel spiritually or emotionally up to par when it’s time for me to lead. Sometimes leading my worship teams is the last thing in the world I want to do, let alone go on a platform in front of other people.
I’ve found that it’s in this place, when I have no other option but to stop, pray, and ask God for help, that I find such deep communion with Him. Being a leader produces in us such a dependence on God that it becomes a part of who we are in everyday life.
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2. Being a worship leader helps give your issues a short leash.
So often when I show up to lead, I have to check my personal issues at the door and pick them back up on the way out. Doing this doesn’t mean that you’re a faker by putting on a happy face for your team. But intentionally putting others above ourselves and focusing on serving the congregation and our teams is so precious to the Lord.
Sometimes sharing your struggles with your team or even the congregation (in a broad sense) can be amazing. Maybe you’re able to pick songs in your set list that minister to you specifically where you are. Some of the best sets I’ve led came out of processing and singing from my own place of weakness.
Many times you’ll find that whatever issues you ‘checked at the door’ are often gone after you lead worship and put your attention upon Him. Leading causes us to set our mind on things above and teaches us firsthand about the transforming power of His Word.
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3. Being a worship leader helps propel you forward in humility.
God is not after an elite group of people who minister out of their own ability and self-sufficiency. Scripture shows us the exact opposite (and actually shows that He can use a donkey if needed). He’s after a group of people who know Him and love Him.
The reward of leadership is not becoming a great leader; the reward is becoming more like Christ, which happens as we see our weakness and run to Him over and over again. Our natural human tendency is to want to be independent, but by humbly acknowledging our need and purposing to depend on the One who is our only true source, we learn the beautiful posture of leaning on Christ.
There’s nothing more challenging than being the leader who does not have answers for every issue that arises on your team. When you want a person or a situation in your church or on your team to change so badly, but it’s just not happening, it’s hard! Many times it takes us trying all of the natural solutions before we remember, “Oh yeah, maybe I should pray and ask God for His opinion about this situation or person and for His help!” The result: humility.
4. Being a worship leader helps you become a person of prayer.
One of the amazing lessons I’ve learned over the years is to be a leader who takes issues or situations that arise to prayer rather than trying to solve everything in my own strength or wisdom. When challenges arise, it takes humility to look at that person and say, “I actually don’t have any advice for you, but let’s pray and ask God for breakthrough.” It’s humbling to admit that we don’t have the answers, but in doing so, we model dependence to our team and show them that it is not only okay to seek the Lord on issues that arise, but that it’s actually our best option
I’d love to hear from you. What areas of your leadership have you found to be helpful for your personal growth?
I’m Justin Rizzo. I’m a worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist. I want to help you achieve your highest potential and walk out with confidence everything you’ve been made for.