As worship leaders, insecurity can hinder us from reaching our maximum leadership potential both on and off stage.

For so long I tried to not to let anyone see my insecurity and would internalize so much of what I was thinking instead of being honest about my feelings.

It was several years ago when I realized I don’t need to hide my issues from my team and pretend to be perfect. Honestly, letting your team see you as a leader who’s being honest and open about times you feel nervous or uncertain may be just what your team needs in order to open up about their own challenges.

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Insecurity is the absence of peace stemming from a lack of confidence. Do you ever find yourself thinking that if only you could sing, play, or lead as well as that other worship leader, you would be full of confidence? But that’s not true because stories abound of beauty queens, rock stars, actors, and professional athletes who massively battle insecurities and low self-esteem.

It seems that no amount of natural talent and no history of success is guaranteed to reach hidden feelings of inferiority and remove all of our insecurities. An impressive resume of skills, talents, and abilities simply does not guarantee confidence. The truth is that confidence does not come from how great we think we are, but from how great we know God is.

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The Lord wants us to be confident as leaders because HE has set us in our positions of leadership. As a worship leader, God has set you as the leader in the room during times of worship. This doesn’t mean you have some unique talent or power that you are to lord over people. What it does mean is that you can have confidence in Him and His wisdom.

When I’m unsure of the stamp of the Lord’s approval on my leadership position, I’ll be unsure of my leadership abilities. But when I know that the Lord has placed me as a leader, I lead with a greater confidence.

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When we look to ourselves and our skill set or work ethic to make us feel like great leaders, we’re much more likely to feel insecure because we know that we’re not perfect and that we make lots of mistakes. But when we look to God as the One who has established us for His purposes, we can trust that He knows what He’s doing and hasn’t made a mistake.

The Bible is full of examples of this. God chooses unlikely and seemingly ill-equipped people to lead and they succeed not because of their greatness, but because of His. Who would have thought that David could defeat Goliath or that Mary was qualified to be the mother of Jesus? When the Lord sets people in place, they have very little in and of themselves in which to trust, but by trusting in the wisdom of His decisions, they can let go of their insecurities and rest in His leadership.

When we look to ourselves and our skill set or work ethic to make us feel like great leaders, we’re much more likely to feel insecure because we know that we’re not perfect and that we make lots of mistakes. Click To Tweet

Ask God to make you confident in who you are in Him and who you are to the people you’re leading. Ask Him to make you confident in His leadership so that you can trust that He has placed you where you are, doing what He has ordained for you to do in this season.

Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Loch Mhor, Scotland. Check out more of his work here.


I'm Justin Rizzo - 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.

2 comments

  1. Matthew Donahue

    Great post, Justin!

    I find that the simplest issues are usually the hardest ones. Transposing chords down two and a half steps on the fly? That’s complicated, but easy. Believing that I really am loved and accepted by God and that nothing I do, particularly as a worship leader, will increase or decrease my value in his eyes one bit? That’s hard. The issue of insecurity reaches down to the deepest, most primal part of our human brokenness. In one way or another, we’re all still standing in the garden, wondering if God really loves us and has our best interests at heart. Time and again we have to come back to Him, even in our failures, and say “Here I am God. I’m not hiding anymore. Please take my mistakes and make them beautiful for your own sake. ” That’s real worship.