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Leading Worship In a New Environment

Matt Stinton

00:32:42

Matt shares his story of transition from Redding, CA to Portland, Maine.

Matt Stinton

Leading Worship in a New Environment


A. Take the pressure off:


“You will never lead the way that you are supposed to lead if you are being propelled by pressure. It weighs you down.” - Matt Stinton


  1. You only feel pressure when you don’t know who you are. 

  2. You are not your instrument, or your title. 

  3. Your value does not come from what you do, but from who you are. 

  4. You are a son or daughter of God. 

  5. Let the Lord build you. Don’t build yourself.

  6. Whatever gets you there, keeps you there. If you had to perform your way there, you’ll have to perform to keep you there. It will also create a culture of performance in your team, which is not what you want.

  7. Lead with Confidence. Confidence comes from knowing who you are.

  8. The opportunity is already there, you don’t have to impress them. Take the expectations off. If they’ve invited you there, they already like you.


B. Building connection and rapport with leadership:


“I won’t support a younger leader’s vision until I know they can support mine” - Bill Johnson.


  1. Sonship vs entitlement. Sonship involves growing. 

  2. A good leader is always a good follower first. A follower knows what it means to be lead.

  3. Sometimes you don’t get what you need, so that you know how to give it someone else.

  4. Submission is a sign of maturity, it’s a sign that you’re teachable. ‘

  5. No one likes a know-it-all. 

  6. All good things are built on a foundation of trust. Trust and stewardship promotes the more - the parable of the talents.

  7. Sit down with your leadership,

    1.  find out what's important to them, 

    2. get to know them, know their vision, 

    3. what are their dreams for the church. 

    4. How can you help with that? 

    5. What are the prophetic word they’ve received about the church? 

    6. How can you support them and the church both personally and in worship?

  8. Find out what their expectations are for your job role. It will also help build your connection to them as well as build their vision for the church. 

    1.  How long should you worship go? 

    2. How do they want to handle transitions at the end of a set? 

    3. Where do they stand on things like spontaneous worship? 

    4. You’re there to serve - even if you don’t fully agree.

  9. You’re only going to change things if you prove yourself trustworthy. Or maybe the Lord has you there because he wants to grow you.

  10. Find out what's important to your leadership. Meetings outside of church etc. 

  11. Stay connected because your leadership is your covering. They will support you and cover you.


C. Connecting with the team:

  1. You are there to serve and not be served.

  2. “Greater things will you do” - Jesus. He wants us to surpass him - that’s the point of leadership. You want people to go further than you. 

  3. Your gift is not about you, it’s about those around you. If you make it about you, you will always be frustrated.

  4. Constantly be going to the Lord to get filled up and then go and give it out. You don’t have to give all of the answers but give what you can.

  5. You don’t have to have all of the answers. 

  6. “Only work on a weakness if it’s keeping you from a strength” - Jason Vallotton. You can always find something you need to grow in. But spend time growing your strengths.

  7. Get to know your team. Make some intentional time. Build trust and connection with them. Find out their vision.

  8. People need to be gradually introduced to change. Especially when you are a new leader in a new environment. Remember - too many quick changes make people “fall off the boat” (feel threatened).

  9. Find things that are important to your team members. Create incentives that motivate them and grow them.

  10. “Real leaders inspire change - they don’t force change” - Matt Stinton

  11. Some people simply do not want to change. Create core values which include growth e.g. If you’re going to be on the team you need to be committed to growth and feedback.

  12. When you inherit a worship team you will probably end up with people on your team you don’t really want. Some people don’t want to grow, or are not able to grow. Learning how to handle that and create plans for them is essential. You can’t make somebody grow, but you can encourage and inspire them to.


D. Build trust with your congregation:


  1. Be confident. 

  2. Take time to meet people.

  3. Be approachable - no one likes rockstar mentality.

  4. Be accessible.

  5. Find out the songs that are familiar to them and learn them - it helps people lock into worship. Introduce new songs slowly.

  6. Small changes are really important - especially introducing new culture, eg prophetic song

  7. You and your team are examples on and off the stage of what it means to be a worshipper. Take it seriously.