Something I've learned over the years leading worship is that if you want to be a great leader, you must learn how to be a great follower first.
That sounds obvious. We lead worship, so we must be followers of Christ. Of course that is a big deal. Jesus needs to be number one in your life. You must be following him day by day. Leaning on him. Seeking him. Spending time with him. That's the most important thing.
But other than being a follower of Jesus, how are you as a follower towards your Lead Pastor?
How are you as a follower towards your Worship Pastor?
How are you as follower towards your teachers/bosses?
How are you as a follower towards your elders/parents?
If you find yourself answering those questions with doubt... It may be time to reevaluate what it means to be a leader and a follower.
A great leader is submissive to any and all authority over them. If your Lead Pastor casts a vision, you do anything you can to serve that vision. If your Worship Pastor asks you to do something or serve somewhere new, you go out of your way to do it. That's just what a great leader does.
I think a lot of it stems from our belief that "we've been doing this for years" or "we have it all together". The truth is, we don't. We should constantly be learning new things, growing more and more as a leader, and open to change and direction. A great leader is teachable.
I want to encourage you to follow as well as you lead. You'll find life and ministry more fulfilling that way.
Lead boldly this weekend!