Creating a Safe Place in Worship
“My goal is to bring peace into every environment I walk into.”
10 ways to create a safe space in worship
Authority and Confidence
Driving analogy - you want the driver to drive
When we’re leading we’ve been trusted by our leaders to lead. Lead like you’re supposed to be up there
Don’t reluctantly lead
People can spot arrogance in a worship leader a mile away and they resist it
Not false humility either
Leading from a thankful heart
Leading from knowing you’re trusted to be leading
People want to follow someone who is going after something new in worship
Without risk, you just create a boring space
Allow people to join you on a journey of discovering him
Don’t force the prophetic though
People need to be taught and lead in worship
Love the people that you’ve been entrusted with
People can feel when you don’t really care about them
It’s really important as worshippers to live a life of purity
Live the 98% that you aren’t on stage, pure.
People naturally trust you when you are living a pure life
There’s a lie in “church-world” that says “the show must go on” - it robs us of longevity and all the things the Lord has for us
Take time for your heart when you need to
How are we authentically living off the stage?
Know who you are and don’t try to be something you’re not
“Know your lane, stay in your lane”
People can spot a lack of authenticity
Being something you’re not is exhausting and unsustainable
It’s so easy to devalue or overlook what’s on our lives and try to be something we’re not
It’s not about YOU
It’s easy as a leader to be very introspective
When we corporately get lost in worship to the Lord it doesn’t matter who is leading
Realizing it’s not about you takes the pressure off
Seek out and ask for feedback - if you want to grow you need people speaking into your life and your gifting
At Bethel we debrief after leading
Ask people “how does it feel in the room when I’m leading?”
Be vulnerable to people
Create a culture of encouragement and then people are able to hear feedback
This can make or break a set
Don’t pick complicated songs or lots of introspective songs - you lose people
Lead songs that are vertical - that point to Jesus
How are my songs translating? Are they leading us to where we need to go in worship?
The only way to get better at leading is to lead
Time spent doing it, learning how to navigate those awkward moments, learning how to lead with authority
Bonus point number 11:
Trust is super important, and the way to build trust is being faithful.
Saying yes to opportunities.
Gain the trust of your leaders.
Steward the freedom your leaders give you.