As a worship leader, you are one of the most visible people at your church. The administrative assistant to children’s ministry might have been there longer, get paid less, and do more work, but because you get up on platform each week, you get more recognition, you get more thanks, and you get more credit than you deserve.
Your church might not have a very large staff at all. Most churches don’t. I happen to serve at church with 40+ full-time staff, and 15 or 20 more who are part-time, but this isn’t the norm. Regardless of how large the staff is at your church, the principle is the same: you get more attention than the other people who care about and work for the church just as much as you do.
You have to be really careful as a worship leader not to buy into the notion that your work is more important than the secretary’s, or the nursery worker’s, or the outreach coordinator’s, or the youth pastor’s. And if you’re smart, you’ll make a point of honoring those people in less visible positions than yours.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12 that we are one body with many members. That body stays healthy as long as the different parts don’t start thinking they’re more or less important than other parts of the body. In verse 25 we’re told that all the members of the body should “have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together“.
You are just one part of the body. You have a unique role – but you’re not any more important than any one else. You’re not the big kahuna. You’re one of the fish.
You probably know this (although we can always use a reminder). The point is that your fellow staff members, volunteers, or behind-the-scenes coworkers might not feel like you act like it. There’s a good chance you don’t. Think about it.
Because you are one of the most visible people at your church, you need to go out of your way to show honor to the people who are not as visible. Write a note, say thank you to the person who empties your trash can, tell the nursery worker what an amazing job they do and how grateful you are for them, and don’t expect any compliments in return.
Sure, we get a good dose of criticism because we’re up front. But we also get more than our fair share of compliments. Pass some of that around to your fellow body-members, and they’ll all operate just a bit more healthily because of it.