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:

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.

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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.

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6 comments

  1. Judy Duggan

    Justin,
    Thank you for writing on this subject. I have found all of these points to be true. Right now I’m dealing with some tough situations in my team, so I am humbly asking God to give me direction on how to handle certain issues. Also, this past year has been the most difficult year in my personal life. I’m going through tremendous pain due to family situations. So I am pressing into God, His presence and His word. I must admit that in some respect I am having trouble trusting God right now. I am constantly praying “God help me in my unbelief” and I’m resisting the voice of the enemy.
    Thank you for your articles! You are on point and I love having you as a resource to help me in my position as a worship leader!
    Blessings-
    Judy Duggan

    1. Justin Rizzo

      Thanks so much for sharing, Judy. Appreciate your words and praying for you during this season.

  2. Great points. Some of the things you shared bring to mind ones personal the walk of holiness. If we are taking our responsibility to lead in the God-pleasing way then the steady pursuit of maintaining our own walk of holiness becomes de rigueur. Knowing that others are looking to you as an example is a great motivator in times of temptation. Paul said we should imitate him AS he imitates Christ. Overcoming in the secret place will build confidence in the public arena.
    A second thought on worship leaders is worshippers in the crowd. The worship team on ‘stage’ can be front row in the very throne room of God but if no one is responding it can be a bit distracting. That’s the time for worship leaders in the crowd, the lovers, the dancers and those who abide in a constant state of amazement at Jesus the Nazarene to be bold, step forward, let go and love on Jesus. It’s the spiritual version of ‘getting in the zone’ one might say. It helps lead the body into the secret place. They inspire other more timid souls to engage with the Lord as they set the example. These types of worship ‘leaders’ are perhaps even more valuable on those days when the Worship team itself is struggling or has issues that might cause the Lord to withhold His anointing. I would hope that the team prays for these roving ‘leaders.’ To bring home the point from an example in a different perspective and context, consider jail ministry. A key there is to pray for the jailhouse evangelists to come forth. One effective man working behind the bars so to speak can change the lives of many in their exhortations for others to come to a meeting, pray study etc.
    To bring it all home; one sincere lover of Jesus, no matter where they are in the room, can impact eternity in ways more profound than many likely have grasped.
    Love ya, earlbillyjoebob the third

  3. Eds Bandayrel

    This is so good, Justin! Thank you for sharing your heart. I found these points so true in my walk with the Lord. I also think one of the benefits of being a leader is being able to share your life with your team. Just last Sunday, I got reunited with our former worship leader whom I mentored for couple of years. She left the church due to personal reasons and is now turning back to the Lord and ready to continue her journey. I am just so glad that the Lord used me to plant seeds in her during our mentoring years and this caused her to come back to the Lord.

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