Taking your worship team to the next level in skill development and spiritual growth is a worthwhile and achievable goal, but you’re not going to get there overnight.

It’s a process.
It takes time.
It takes a plan.

The process starts with you.

It starts with you because it’s nearly impossible to lead people somewhere that you haven’t first gone yourself. You might be able to do it for a few months or maybe even lead on fumes for a year or two, but if you want to lead and lead well for the long haul (and actually enjoy your life in the process), you have to make sure that your own foundation is strong.

It’s nearly impossible to lead people somewhere that you haven’t first gone yourself. Click To Tweet

It’s all about you and Jesus. No amount of leadership skill, enthusiasm, or human effort can take the place of an intimate ongoing relationship with Him.

If all you did for someone you love was perform acts of service, your love would eventually fizzle out. No matter how faithful you are in doing deeds for someone, you need a relationship with that person in order to go the distance.

Your job as a worship leader, or any other occupation you have, is secondary to your first and primary calling – to be a lover of God.

If you want to lead and lead well for the long haul (and actually enjoy your life in the process), you have to make sure that your own life in God is strong. Click To Tweet

Your life in God that no one else sees.
Your secret life with God is where it all starts. This is where it must remain. When I lose sight of this, it doesn’t take long for my heart to begin to feel the effects and realize that I’ve gotten off course.

Your role in the equation is simple: make time to talk to God in the secret place.

When I say secret place, it doesn’t have to be a private room or even a quiet space. The secret place is that space inside you where no one else can see. You can be on a subway or city street with hundreds of people passing by and still be talking to God and encountering His heart for you.

The secret place is that space inside you where no one else can see. You can be on a subway or city street with hundreds of people passing by and still be talking to God and encountering His heart for you. Click To Tweet

If you’re feeling tired or lukewarm, you’re in prime position for God to move in your life. Psalm 51 tells us that God is not looking for our perfection or some amazing sacrifice to earn His love; it says that all God’s looking for is a broken and a contrite heart. My interpretation of that verse is that all God is looking for is my weak ‘yes.’

Rather than giving the practicals right away about how to take your team to the next level, I’m inviting you to first join me in doing a personal heart check.

How are you doing in your personal secret-place relationship with God?

If you’re feeling tired or lukewarm, you’re in prime position for God to move in your life. God isn't looking for your perfection or some amazing sacrifice that you can bring; all He wants is a broken and a contrite heart. Click To Tweet

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.

12 comments

  1. Connor Caspari

    Well said, Justin! I’m reminded of how easy it is to find our identity mostly in what we do. Our identity is in Him. Thanks for posting this!

  2. So true! It’s so much better when it is out of the overflow of the inner life with Jesus.

  3. Ah. Refreshing to read. Can I share this with our worship team in an upcoming email? The whole team can benefit from the heart check. I greatly enjoyed the breakout session you led at onething. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  4. I am a songwriter with awesome worship and praise music to share but have had very little success connecting with a worship community. There is a bit of selfishness among church worship & praise leaders and teams as well as musicians.

    In my case, I think it’s because most of today’s worship is created and led by young people to appeal to the young but I am older and so I think I’m not taken seriously when I approach them about working with me on my music; however I think it’s a mistake to try to appeal to anyone other than God Himself.

    It’s not true worship if the goal is to appeal to men; I’ve heard many worship leaders say that they want to touch the hearts of men for God, however touching God’s Heart is what people need to see from us through our worship.

    1. Justin Rizzo

      Glenda, thanks so much for sharing.

      I’m so sorry you’ve had a challenge connecting with a worship ministry. I truly believe God has the right group out there for you that will be the perfect fit! Many blessings to you as you continue to lead and write songs.

      Thank you for your faithfulness in worship!