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Pastoring isn't only for those who have received formal theological training. It should be part of every healthy Christian's life as they look to the well-being of others.

Pastoring can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Pastoring isn’t only for those who have received formal theological training — it’s for every follower of Jesus and should be part of their life as they look to the well-being of others. Pastoring is related to the word “shepherd” and means to guide, provide, protect, and care for others through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. How, then, do we take care of the worship teams that we are entrusted to lead? Let’s take a look at a few key points that will help us to do this well.

Make Relationship Central

When leading a worship team, it can be easy to let priorities get out of order. Leaders have a lot to keep track of and if we’re not careful, we can become too focused on the production of a service and the execution of a worship set rather than the well-being of our team members. Although completing tasks are an important part of the worship leading process, it is secondary to relationship — first with God, and secondly with each other. If we miss this, we miss everything.

Luke 10:38-42 Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

When you have a good relationship with your team, you have a platform to speak into the lives of your team members. Sometimes the way you place value on relationships is being willing to have the hard conversation (in love) that will help your team member the most in the long run. Having a healthy relationship with your team members gives you the proper platform to have these conversations. At the end of the day, rather than your team feeling like they need to constantly “deliver” for you in what skills they bring to the team, make sure they know that first and foremost you are there to serve them and give to them for their well-being on the team and in their relationship with God.

Lead With Care

Similar to making relationship central, it’s important that we lead with care for another person rather than leading with task (performance). Remember that time that your lead electric guitar player flubbed his solo in the middle of your worship set when you needed him to come through the most? Rather than confronting him angrily after the service and telling him he ruined the moment of worship, you could take a better approach which assumes the best: “Hey Joe, I noticed you didn’t play that guitar part the way you played it so well before. Is everything ok? You didn’t quite seem like yourself in the service.”

You then find out he got a distressing call right before the service started and received some really bad news. In this moment, you can rally the team and pray for Joe, encourage him, and build into him and his faith and let him rise to the occasion for the next service. We never see the full picture, so it’s always best to proceed with caution and assume the best of people. This is what the Bible say that the love of God does through us if we let it.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Rely Upon God

Pastoring your team doesn’t mean solving everyone’s problems. It means knowing how to ultimately point people back to God to help them meet their ultimate need, which is for spiritual renewal. It’s wise to admit when you don’t know how to help someone in their situation and to go to receive support from other pastors on your church staff or recommend they seek professional help for what they are facing. It’s important in these times to maintain a posture of humility and remember the challenging times you have been through. We are no better than those we lead and pastor. In fact, we must take the posture of servants in order to lead others well and remember that to be a leader is to ultimately be a servant.

John 13:12-17 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

As you apply these principles on your worship team, may you grow in the grace of leading with love and reliance upon God and his empowering Spirit within you.


Article for this topic by Ashton Abbott.

Key Points:

  • It’s important to lead with relationship and not let task come before pastoring the hearts of your team members.
  • Leading with care means assuming the best of those you lead and giving them the benefit of the doubt rather than making negative assumptions about them.
  • Pastoring your team members doesn’t mean solving everyone’s problems by yourself but pointing them to God to meet their ultimate need for spiritual renewal.

Quote This:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. How much do you focus on leading with relationship rather than just focusing on the task at hand?
  3. Why is focusing on relationship with God and others so important in leading a worship team or any other ministry for that matter?
  4. When things go wrong in life or on your worship team, do you lead with care or do you jump to negative conclusions about the other party involved?
  5. What are some practical ways you can point others to God when they are going through something in their life?
  6. When helping others, do you usually try to fix a problem on your own or are are you ok giving it to God and trusting Him for his solution?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.