Lead Worship with Humility

Humility and Simplicity


Though we have been given the grace to choose our preferred worship style, we are all called as worship leaders to one thing: humility. It is not about lights or stage presence, it is all about Jesus. Easier said than done, right? How can we cultivate true humility as worship leaders? Listen as Phil Wickham shares in two videos what he has learned in his over 15 years as a songwriter and worship leader. Phil has five critically acclaimed albums and travels across the country leading worship at churches and conferences.  


What do you enjoy most about leading worship? What is the biggest challenge?
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How do you prepare your heart and mind to lead worship? What do you pray before taking the stage? In what ways do you expect God to move?
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When do you struggle most with ego, pride, and ambition as a worship leader? How do you protect yourself from the desire to be seen? What truths about God humble you?
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Worship is our response to what God has done. Listen as Phil describes how a loss of electricity created one of the most beautiful nights of worship for him and taught him about the value of simplicity.


Describe a time when you experienced the presence of the Lord in a powerful way through worship. What do you think made that moment so special–the environment, the songs, the community, your circumstances, your heart? Explain.
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Phil said, “If you are worship leader at a local church, people are coming in with stuff in their lives…and it’s our job to remind the church this is why we are here. Look at how great God is, look at what He has done, look at the Cross.” 

What kind of stuff are people in your church dealing with now? How do you both acknowledge pain and joy in worship and point them to Jesus?
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In what ways do you pursue simplicity as a worship leader? What else could you do to eliminate distractions, or allow “the power to go out” on your church?
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Leading worship is more than a gig, more than an opportunity. It is a responsibility create the best environment for people to commune with the living God. His work is not dependent on your humility, but the Lord is glorified in it and wants that for you.