There isn’t a worship leader in the world who doesn’t struggle with regular, persistent, frustratingly silly (but still dangerous) moments of doubt/fear/anxiety/self-consciousness/jealousy. We start to believe myths that tell us we should be different, or we aren’t talented enough, or we shouldn’t uphold certain principles. These myths weaken our ministry as worship leaders.
Here are ten common worship leading myths that come to mind:
1: Every week you have to be more creative than the last. Wrong. Every week you get to point people to Jesus again.
2: Don’t waste too much time thinking/praying about songs for Sunday. Wrong. This is your most important job.
3: You need a great voice. Wrong. If God calls you then you’re the man for the job. Sing with abandon.
4: You have to stay up-to-date with all the new stuff. Wrong. None of the stuff changes lives. Jesus does.
5: You’ve really arrived when you get famous. Wrong. The Church needs servants not celebrities.
6: if people aren’t into it then something’s wrong with your leading. Wrong. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. Be patient.
7: Anyone with a willing heart should serve on the worship team. Wrong. Look for heart AND giftedness.
8: The Holy Spirit only shows up on the 4th song. Wrong. Don’t create formulas. Magnify Jesus in whatever time you have.
9: You’d be happier at another church. Wrong. You’d just have different challenges and different reasons to be unhappy.
10: You should speak before every song. Wrong. The more you talk, the less they hear what you’re actually saying.
I know I missed several hundred more myths that worship leaders believe. If you’ve got any to share, I’d love to hear them.