I’ve been realizing lately just how amazing it is to actually get paid to be on staff as a worship leader – because I don’t anymore. After four and a half years of being paid to lead worship, organize volunteers, plan services, pick music and live and breathe all things music and worship and after working a new job and volunteering to do many of those things now, I’ve come to realize just how much I took my last job for granted.
I never realized the time and effort and dedication that volunteer worship leaders who oversee an entire ministry put in. As I’ve begun to balance planning and vision in the local church with working a job and making sure I honor and put my family first, I’ve come to realize how amazing volunteer worship leaders really are. So the purpose of this post is two-fold.
First – Thank You Volunteers
Thank you for working an entire day at your “real” job and still giving the energy to pick music and lead a rehearsal all night long for church.
Thank you for having vision to see what needs to be done in two places (both at work and in the church.)
Thank you for supporting your pastor and your team members even though you are probably running out of energy.
Thank you for your selflessness in deciding to make time available to the church instead of your own pursuits.
Thank you Jordan Volk, for your tireless passion at Abiding Savior. Thank you Paul Stigge, for the time and effort you spent developing a worship and music ministry at Lord of Life. If you know a volunteer worship leader that you’ve never thanked for their time, stop right now and figure out a way to do so.
One word of caution – however, as someone just mentioned to me the other day – it’s easy to burnout if you are working full time and leading a worship ministry as a volunteer. Be careful, prayerful and intentional about keeping yourself healthy and epsecially keeping your family healthy. I need to remember to heed those words as well.
Second – An Encouragement to Paid Staff
Those of you who are privileged to be on a staff as worship leaders – don’t ever forget that is what it is – a privilege and an honor. You are given the privilege to:
- Plan services so that there will be minimal distraction so that God will be exalted
- Pick and suggest music for the local church
- Love on, encourage and recruit volunteers for the team
- Serve God completely as your profession
- Help others live lives that glorify Jesus Christ
The best privilege of all is that we, staff and volunteer alike, get to honor and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ – together.