For two years I served on our state convention staff in the area for equipping worship ministries and leaders for our 500 churches. As I woke up this morning, I was burdened for virtual worship leaders specifically in this COVID-19 world.
I had ten fresh thoughts on how virtual worship leaders can lead well in this season when there aren’t really “worship services” to lead.
1. TEACH WORSHIP
We’ve taught for a long time as worship leaders how worship is not just a Sunday morning experience, but it should be a lifestyle we live each day. Now is the time when we can actually teach people to fully live this out, but you must lead the way. You can send emails that teach your church broadly about worship. Post videos that teach worship and look at various Scripture passages on worship. You can start virtual Bible studies that teach worship. You can take songs and make devotionals based on the message of that song.
2. TRAIN YOUR TEAM
Why not use this time of slowing down in your worship production to teach your team more deeply about their role as worship leaders? Read a book together and discuss it. Have your team walk through online classes or training. Create a curriculum of YouTube videos or blog posts for each person in their respective musical or serving area.
3. DEEPEN YOUR THEOLOGY
Look at this season as a chance to also deepen yourself. Read some good and rich theology books. Memorize some Scripture. Learn more about God, His glory, His grace, and the grand biblical narrative. Come out on the other side of this with a new depth of understanding that will help lead God’s people at a greater level.
4. PASTORAL CARE
As worship leaders, you already shepherd and care for people through worship. Now you can shepherd them through a crisis. Reach out to your team. Find ways to pray for them and connect them together. Look for ways to help serve the broader church in care. Worship will be a means to care for people in this crisis. Think of the fears worship can help put into perspective. Think about the practical needs you can help meet.
5. LEARN A NEW WORSHIP-LEADING SKILL
Why not use this time to explore a new skill as a worship leader? Is there an instrument you’ve wanted to learn? Have you always wanted to be able to lead from the piano or lead from an electric guitar? Use some time now to invest in your own skill sets as a musician and worship leader.
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Source: Church Leaders