Training A Worship Volunteer To Be A Worship Leader
Guiding a person from a rotational volunteer to leading your team and church in worship takes time and commitment on their part and yours but it’s an essential part strengthening your worship ministry. Here’s how to get started.
1. See the potential and feed the fire
Always be on the look out for individuals who may be potential worship leaders. Do they have raw musical talent, strong people skills and a heart for serving the Lord? If so, show your support and challenge them to take the next step.
2. Allow them to lead a song
You can read my full post on deciding if a vocalist should sing lead here. If you feel they are ready, work with them to find a song they are passionate about and feel strong and confident in. During rehearsal have them lead the band and give instruction just as you normally do. This allows them to get the feel for leading the team and you can observe them in action.
3. Co-lead for a service
Once they’ve become a strong song leader organize a service for the two of you to co-lead. Have them lead on at least half of the songs as well as things like welcoming the congregation and praying. This also allows the congregation to get comfortable with being lead by this person.
4. Give them a chance
Finally, let them lead. Allowing them to choose the set list and run the rehearsal depends on where they in their development however for me, this is the goal. Be gracious with their mistakes, understand they may be nervous but let them lead.
All in all this could be a three month to one year process but it is well worth it. Keep communication open throughout and give constructive feedback regularly. Don’t wait until you’ve scheduled a vacation or get sick to find some one to fill in, by then it may be to late. Is there someone in your team right now who could be a potential leader?
What steps could you take to develop your next worship leader? Let us know in the comments below!