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Leading A Team

Jonathan David Helser

0:32:20 · Worship Leading

Jonathan Helser teaches about the importance of being a worship leader who discovers who God is to them personally, makes room for God to move on stage, and develops a heart for the people they are leading.

Who Do You Say I Am?

  • “Authority is not in you singing an echo, but in you singing your own song, because it’s you finding out who God is for you.”
  • “What comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” - A.W. Tozer
  • Mark 8:27-29 - “Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah.’ “
  • Jesus then tells Peter who Peter was, now that he knew who Jesus was.
  • When Peter declared for himself who Jesus was, authority was given to him.
  • Jonathan was in music class taught by Don Potter with John Mark McMillan.
  • Spiritual fathers have eyes that can see the harvest in the seed, and the king inside a shepherd boy. Don said to them “Jonathan and John mark, you guys are going to write songs that thousands are going to sing.”
  • When John Mark McMillan wrote the lyrics “Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss,” John put who God was to him in his own words and it had authority on it.
  • Don discovered that no one since David has written a song that says “I love you God,” in it until the 1978s. There have been hymns about loving things about God, but never personally loving God. Since then, we have been getting personal with God. For forty years since then we’ve been writing love songs to God, and imagine what that’s doing to God’s heart?
  • There’s nothing wrong with leading other people’s songs, but make them your songs before you get up and lead because as a worship leader you can’t give what you don’t have. The job of a worship leader is to take people where we’ve been with God.

Give God the Stage

  • Enoch is one of Jonathan’s worship leading heros because he wants people to say about him “He really looks like God,” but then all of a sudden he disappears and all you see is Jesus. 
  • We are the opening act for Jesus, and goal is to get off the stage, and back up with you feel him taking over.
  • “Spontaneity is the reward of preparation. It’s learning how to invite Holy Spirit into the moments in your set list.” 
  • When making setlists, Jonathan and his team prepares for a spontaneous moment, and gets things in order for the surprises when they come.
  • God told Jonathan “My glory is going to come, and don’t try to help Me when my glory comes.” In 2 Samuel 6:6-7 Uzziah died because he tried to catch the ark.
  • Jonathan steps back from the microphone when He feels God taking over.
  • Jonathan prays this prayer more than any other prayer when he’s leading worship: “What’s next Papa?”
  • “Jesus never outgrew His need for the Father. If the perfect leader, the Son of God was constantly being led by the Father, how much more do we need to be led by Him?”
  • “Great worship leaders are those who know how to be led by the Holy Spirit and know how to lead their own hearts into worship.”
  • Psalm 103:1 “Praise the Lord O my soul.” “David knew how to lead his own heart into worship before he led the people. His private victories preceded his public victories. When he stepped out onto the platform it was an overflow of what was happening in the secret place.”

Leading Others to God

  • 2 Chronicles 5:14 “Then the temple, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud so that the priests could not stand there to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.”  
  • “As worship leaders we live for the moments when people stop singing the words on the screen and start singing the songs in their heart.”
  • “There is more of an anointing on the people in a worship service than there is on a band. As worship leaders we get to lean into your song as you lean into our song.”
  • Ask the Lord for his love for the people you’re leading. We get to lead some of God’s favorite kids into worship.
  • It’s easy to follow someone who you know loves you, and the greatest commodity of being a worship leader is having people who trust you. When you begin to develop a love for the people you’re leading, you’ll go places you’ve never gone before.
  • What will you do with the high praises of men when you get off the stage?
  • A runner’s attention is on getting to the goal, not the praises of the fans.
  • We spend hours preparing for the stage but we get off the stage not doing anything.
  • Practice giving the weight of what happened back to God. If you hold onto that bouquet of flowers, it will become poison to you. Take that bouquet and put it back in the King’s hand. The trap is when you love the anointing more than you love the Anointed One. 
  • Learn how to give God both your successes and your failures. 
  • “If we live on the praises of men we’re going to die by the criticism of men.” - Bill Johnson