Worship Philosophy: Empower New Leaders

One of the primary tasks of the Worship Pastor should be to train up other worship leaders. All great leaders multiply themselves. This is done not only through teaching and instruction but also through “life on life” relationships. Many of the most valuable lessons are “caught not taught.” A great worship leader doesn’t only spend time with his worship team in rehearsal, but he pours into their lives.

Leaders are made when they are delegated authority and not simply responsibility. A great leader lets go of control and allows others to have true ownership of the ministry. When a worship leader does everything on his own the ministry is severely limited to what he alone can accomplish. But when he delegates authority to others the potential for growth is limitless.

Jesus practiced this type of ministry, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt 28:19-20)

Empower New Leaders is part 2 of a 5 part Philosophy of Worship Ministry series entitled 5 Purposes That are Vital to a Thriving Worship Ministry

12 Responses to “Worship Philosophy: Empower New Leaders”


  1. 1 Peter Park November 5, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Awesome. We are currently trying to figure out what that looks like. Thanks for the encouragement. `

  2. 2 visitsanctuary November 5, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    I love this post. I love the concepts that drive this post. I love the leadership principles within this post. I think in our “western” churches we have a hard time with this concept because of the oh so prevalent “superstar” mentality that pervades our culture.

    But that’s what makes following Jesus such an adventure, he was so underground and counter culture…the ultimate spiritual subversive.

  3. 3 Russ November 5, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Oops, haha, that last comment was me, logged into my dad’s churches WP account. Sorry.

    ~russ

  4. 4 Billy Chia November 5, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Peter,
    It’s awesome that you are figuring thins out in your ministry. What I’ve written here is simply a general philosophy statement. It could take many forms when actually lived out depending on the context. I’d love to hear about what empowerment actually ends up looking like at your church on Raising Up Worship Leaders.

    Russ,
    Yeah, I’ve done the superstar thing and it doesn’t work. When I started working with an empowerment mentality everything became way more exciting, enjoyable and effective.

    btw – sometimes comments from “Sarah” are actually from me when I just so happen to be sill logged in as Sarah. πŸ™‚

  5. 5 alex mclean November 5, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I just recently told our children’s director about the need for future worshippers and worship leaders. She finally “got it” that the future of worship is literally in her hands as the leader and shaper of their minds and hearts when it comes to music and worship…!

  6. 6 Daniel Tomlinson November 6, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Well written Billy. I whole-heartedly agree. (Humor)- You need to find a church in Nashville, so that I can sit at your feet to learn CCM (contemporary christian music) in guitar form. He, he

    I love this blog! Billy Chia is walking in Christ! PRAISE GOD!

  7. 7 Greg Allen November 6, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Man, do I struggle with this. Thanks for the encouragement.

    I totally agree, but I’ve really fallen short here…

    G

  8. 8 Billy Chia November 6, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Alex,
    That is spot on. It’s easy to think about the how important it is for the Lead Pastor and Worship Pastor to partner, but how about the importance of the Worship and Children’s pastors partnering? (or better yet the whole church being aligned and having a common direction?)

    I’m also huge on, “You are not the church of tomorrow – they are the church of today.”

    Daniel,
    You are always an encouragement bro. Thanks!

    Greg,
    I feel ya. Having a solid philosophy is helpful as a starting point for setting goals and determining direction. We all fall short on living it out, and that’s part of the challenge and excitement – that God is constantly growing us.

  9. 9 Jeremy Killian November 6, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Have you heard my original worship song based upon the passage you’ve mentioned? It’s called “Till the End of the Age,” and I find it helpful to use in services that discuss discipleship and missions and the like. Check it out over at milestoneworship!

  10. 10 Amanda November 10, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I often wish I had more time for the learning from others in this realm of things, especially now that our worship pastor is moving to another church & I’m taking on the leadership of worship in one of our two services! I’m wishful for more time to be mentored by him, but I’m so thankful for the experiences he provided me while he was there — God has truly used them to prepare me for the things soon to come!

    Oh, also: I thought for some reason I had added your blog to my blogroll, but I hadn’t even though I’ve stopped by before! So now I’ve added you! πŸ™‚

  11. 11 Chris November 10, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Cool – seems like there’s lots of thoughts in your head on this! Awesome.


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