Over the last several weeks and months I’ve had the privlege of “meeting” several folks who lead worship throughout the country. These people range from staffed positions like “director of worship” or “worship pastor” to volunteer worship leaders in local churches or church plants throughout the world. One thing I’ve yet to see though, is what inspired all of you to begin to lead worship in the first place. I (and probably others) would absoultely love to hear your story. Ultimately God is the one that puts the spark in us, but he uses people, places and experiences to do it.
So come out of the woodwork – don’t be shy, and share your story with us. Was it encouragement from a family member or friend? Were you surprised to end up leading worship somewhere but ended up loving it? Even if you are “just a piano player” or “just the screen operator (you lead worship too!!),” please let us know!
For me it was rather interesting. I was in my first year of Bible School at the Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, MN. I was excited to possibly begin a career in youth ministry. One weekend, while counseling at a camp, there was no one to “lead music.” I had sort of done something like this before, but didn’t really know what it looked like. I was just getting introduced to “leading worship” at the time. Someone said, “Hey Ryan, you have your guitar here. Maybe you could lead.” So, I jumped in. Let me tell you, it was amazing. To be able to be a part of helping those teenagers engage with God through music was unreal. I never went back and have been pursuing leading worship ever since. Granted, it’s not my job at the moment (hopefully someday it will be again) but it is my passion.
So what ignited your passion?