*This post is taken from content from our Worship Leader Development Program.

In part 1, we looked at 3 ways leaders tend to sabotage themselves. In part 2, we looked at what your sheep are looking for in a leader. Now we’re going to look at practical ways you can implement this into your ministry.

  1. Ministry-mindedness over Musicianship

Find musicians who have a heart for ministry. Find artists who are called to lead worship and pastor people. There are plenty of talented musicians they can use, but they aren’t ministry minded. Their worship band will be that much more effective and powerful if everyone on stage has the heart of a pastor and a heart for people.

  1. Don’t Do What’s Comfortable

Strive to create great art. We serve the almighty creator God, and we are made in his image. We have the ability and giftings to create. We need to lean into that and create art that reflects our glorious God. We can’t settle for status quo just because we play in a church. We have to always be growing and stretching ourselves as artists and pastors.

Tweet This: We need to lean into that and create art that reflects our glorious God. We can’t settle for status quo just because we play in a church. @aaronivey

  1. Love

You have to be a person who loves and serves people. All types of people. You can’t just love from stage. You have to be able to love the audio engineer or the volunteers who help set up the stage you are standing on. People will respect you and follow you as a leader if you notice the ‘small’ people around you, acknowledge them, and truly love and serve them.

PRACTICAL WAYS I SHEPHERD MY BAND

  • Weekly band family dinners: Again, shared table, shared life
  • Rehearsals
  • Daily times in the Word together via emails
  • Living in same community
  • Meeting each other’s needs financially, spiritually,

Right now, ask yourself, where are you currently strong in shepherding your band or team?
Where are your currently weak in shepherding them?