The 6 Statements Every Worship Leader Dreads

1.) I’d love to do an interpretive dance next Sunday.
There are few things on earth so captivating as a beautifully choreographed worship dance. And there are few things so awkward as a disastrous one.

2.) Could you teach my child to play guitar?
This is only scary because the parents are asking, not the child in question. Most worship leaders would love to pass on their craft to a younger generation, but a reluctant student and an over-eager parent . . . that’s the stuff of nightmares.

3.) I felt like it was too loud.
We’ve covered this before. It’s very difficult to argue with feelings, but do the best you can by taking dB readings every week and setting levels purposefully.

4.) Worship is a lot more than music, you know.
Yes, I know. Worship is the rhythm of revelation and response. God reveals himself through his Word, and we respond in faith-fueled obedience.

But this statement is usually camouflage for a complaint, and you can never be sure what that complaint might be. They might mean: “I think you sing too much,” “I think you don’t quote enough Scripture,” or, “I’d love to do an interpretive dance next Sunday.” There’s really no telling.

5.) God gave me a song, and I think you should use it next week.
How do you gracefully tell someone that “God” gave them a terrible song?

6.) Is your V-neck tight enough?
Just kidding. Nobody’s ever said that to a worship leader.

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Ray Deck III

Born in WV, Ray escaped to North Carolina at a young age. He came to Logos after an 8 year stint at a faith-based nonprofit in New York. When he is not assembling sequences of words, he’s probably running, surfing or shooting skeet, but you should probably go look for him. He has a terrible sense of direction and is probably lost.

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Written by Ray Deck III