Eight Of The Most Common Worship Leading Mistakes

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No worship leader ever stops making mistakes. From the most seasoned and experienced worship leaders, to the newest and greenest, mistakes are inevitable, humbling, and part of the process of maturing. We’re imperfect people, working alongside other imperfect people, playing musical instruments and singing songs imperfectly, with a congregation of imperfect men and women trying to sing along.

So our goal is not to become flawless worship leaders who never make mistakes. Our goal is simply to keep being humbled by our awareness of our imperfection, and to keep growing, so we can more effectively point our congregations to Jesus in the power of the Spirit, not the power of our own professionalism.

To that end, here are eight of the most common worship leading mistakes that I’ve observed in my own ministry, and through friendships and experiences with lots of other worship leaders too:

Wrapping our identity up in our performance

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Conversion, Calling, Character, Competencies

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As the winter semester winds down over the next few weeks, I’m having a variety of conversations with students. Some are graduating and exploring options for the future.  Others are seeking summer training and employment or are casting their vision farther down the road by planning for a fall internship.

One of the three main responsibilities I carry at Heritage College & Theological Seminary is that of Internship Director.  I’ve blogged about this before but have had some fascinating conversations with students about the 4 topics around which I have framed our discussions.  I’m tackling this topic today as some of the leaders I’ve met have told me they don’t know what to talk about with those they are mentoring.  Perhaps this post will serve as a catalyst.

Conversion– Are you converted? How do you know you are converted? Tell me the story of your conversion in 3-4 minutes…

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Renewing Your Mind Daily

In a new release “Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification” by Sinclair B. Ferguson (Banner of Truth), an exergue reads, “Christians are transformed by the renewing of their minds. They understand that in large measure how they think about the gospel will determine how they will live for God’s glory. They learn to allow the word of God to do its own work, informing and influencing the way they think in order to shape they way they live.”

Paul the apostle long ago wrote, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:1-2 ESV.

To offer yourself as a holy sacrifice you are to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. And for that to happen, that is, in order to life for the glory of Christ and his gospel daily above the alluring enticements of the world, we are to give ourselves in pursuing God and doing his will. This is the key for inner transformation.

Our minds do not naturally seek after the things of God. Therfore the renewal of the mind happens through a profound transformation of the inner self through the power of the Holy Spirit, who convicts of sin and washes through the blood of Jesus Christ.

The transformation and the renewing of the mind is not simply trying to avoid sin and worldly things. It is not an external, legalistic, nonconformist or ritualistic efforts to modify external behaviours but rather spiritual and moral.  It works on the inside and then produces godly fruits on the outside.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. – 1 John 2:15-17

It is often enticing to follow what the majority, the world does. But the world’s ideals are not always in sync with God’s ideals and our weak minds are easily swayed. As disciples of Christ our primary calling is to live for his glory so that people will know who God is and what he has done. Ask God for wisdom. Remember that transformation and renewal of mind is God’s work, not ours, and our obedience to his will is a response to who he is, what he has said and done, and his love for us. It is God’s grace that enables us to apply and obey his Word.

 

Depression

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?- Psalm 42:11a

Depression: Everyone experiences it one way or another somewhere, sometimes in life. For some it might be temporary, circumstantial, swift as a passing breeze. But for others it is mild, chronic or severe. The roots going deeper. Great men and women in history, leaders of nations have experienced it. Perhaps it is you now or you know of someone as you read this.

There is a plethora of reasons but the overall grand scheme of depression is to seduce, slowly alluring you away from reality, making you feel comfortable to stay locked inside (literally or figuratively), away from people, away from life because you have been convinced that they – the people and life itself are part of your woes. Depression erodes your confidence, enslaves you in a physical, emotional and spiritual state of hopelessness. All seems dark, pointless, meaningless. img_0932

There are many Bible passages that offer hope for the lonely and comfort for the downcast. The second half of Psalm 42:11 reads,  Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. 

Healing comes through hope in God and through his Word: Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. – Proverbs 12:25 (ESV). Depression tells you life is not worth living. But the Word of God says, I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! – Psalm 27:13-14

If you are fighting it now know that you are not alone but fight not alone with your own strength nor with worldly means. Know that true peace and joy that overcome life miseries and unpleasant circumstances are found in God through the power of the Holy Spirit. A downcast soul find rest in God alone and in fellowship with his people. King David was right:

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. – Psalm 40:1-3.