The last two weeks I was sharing on the battle of a worship leader. I focused on two areas namely; The Worship Team & The Congregation. I was thinking about the third area that I want to write about this week, “The Church Leadership” and that’s when I realised that the only way to share the last section is to tell my story.
I started leading worship at a young age after being thrown into the deep end at a Scripture Union camp. It was both the most nerve wrecking experience as well as the most exciting experience I can remember. For years thereafter, I was leading worship at camps, youth groups, family gatherings and eventually church services. My world was very simple then, I would usher people into the presence of God and thereafter hand over to my leader. Over the years my leadership skills grew and I ended up being ordained as a Worship Pastor. It was an amazing time as I started developing other worship leaders and the teams were growing. I can’t explain how this happened but one day something began to grow within my heart. It started off as a simple thought, “I could do this better than my pastor.” It was this simple thought that eventually grew and got me going down a path that I believe many worship leaders find themselves particularly if they are not careful in guarding their hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
The Submission Battle
So I can’t recall when this all started but I do remember that it took a simple thought that grew into a mountain of offence. It’s amazing how a thought that is not brought into the Lordship of Christ can create a whirlwind of negativity and offence.
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
It wasn’t long before I was walking in so much arrogance in my heart that I really thought that I could do things better than my leadership. My heart was full of pride and I was blinded by spiritual arrogance that I couldn’t even see it. It took me two years to finally realise that I had a heart problem and that I needed healing from this battle of submission. God places leaders in our lives. It is God’s heart that we all walk in humility and stay under authority. We might not like or agree with everything that our leaders do but it is to God’s glory that we honour our leaders.
Hebrews 13:17 “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
It was David that refused to dishonour King Saul even though he was wronged by Saul. True humility lies within a culture of honour! I am amazed to see how many pastors I’ve spoken to over the years have had challenges with their worship ministries and even their worship leaders. It’s an area that I believe the enemy has targeted in order to bring division and strife.
So don’t give in to it! Stand on the Word of God and stay honouring and submitted to your leaders. There is an amazing blessing that flows when there is unity between the Worship Leader and the Church Leadership.
I would love to hear from you so feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim and Shaveh Feder head up Sounds of the Nations South Africa, a global ministry under the leadership of Dan McCollam, that aims to release the authentic sound of worship in all nations. Tim served as a Worship Pastor at His People Church for more than 7 years. As a worship leader, song writer and qualified studio engineer, Tim serves the body of Christ through training and equipping worshippers.
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