Five Things Every Pastor Should Remember when Working with Worship Leaders

1. In all likelihood, they are volunteers. Express appreciation for the time it takes to rehearse and prepare for Sabbath morning. Because of their enthusiasm, it’s easy to forget that music and worship ministry is hard work. And no matter how motivated and inspired ministry leaders are, they can feel drained at the same time. So be sure to affirm their passion and thank them for their dedication.

2. Worship leading is an art, and artists need space to develop their gifts and create. Communicate your commitment to a culture of ministry in which leaders aren’t simply expected to execute an existing plan but are free to be creative, take risks, and color outside the lines. 

3. Worship leaders often have musical interests beyond Sabbath morning. Such projects can be creative outlets through which leaders’ are able to develop gifts. These pursuits should be encouraged, and when possible, supported by the congregation (for example, attend their concerts)

4. True trust is mutual. It’s reasonable to expect worship leaders to take their pastors’ advice seriously. But it is wise to respect a worship leader’s calling and expertise as well. Where there is mutual respect and trust, collaboration can thrive, and a church can more effectively fulfill its purpose

5. Worship leaders are more than their ministry role. Holistic spiritual development is of much greater importance than how well someone serves on any given Sabbath. Remember that worship is not an event ministry that uses people; it’s a people ministry that uses events.