I would like to say conflict over musical styles in worship is over, but unfortunately, there are still battles raging. Often, after the service, conversations turn to criticism of the worship team. Usually the comments come as a result of a conflict with a person’s personal preferences.
This year, instead of lashing out with criticism of your church’s worship team, let’s resolve to pray for our worship teams.New Years Resolution: Pray for Your Worship Leaders Click To Tweet
- Pray that they never sacrifice their family for ministry since their family is ministry.
- Pray for them to prepare for Sunday by focusing on worship as primary and music as secondary.
- Pray that they will help us focus more on the creator and less on their creativity.
- Pray that Scripture and Prayer instead of song selections frame their worship preparation.
- Pray for healthier ministry staff relationships.
- Pray that their days off and vacations provide rest that is free from church responsibilities.
- Pray for their spiritual, physical and emotional health.
- Pray that they’ll be able to sift through the many responsibilities that compete for their attention and focus on the ones God wants them to do.
- Pray for them to wake up every morning feeling unqualified in their own power to do what God has called them to do.
- Pray Ephesians 4:29 over them, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
- Pray for them to daily recommit to their call here instead of dreaming about what it might be like to be there.
- Pray they never confuse leading music with leading people.
- Pray for them to have enough humility to engage us as participants instead of audiences.
- Pray for the protection of their marriages.
- Pray for trusted leaders to hold them accountable and protect them.
- Pray for their almost insurmountable task of trying to stay current musically, technologically and culturally.
- Pray for a great cloud of witnesses to surround them so they can fix their eyes on Jesus and run with endurance.
- Pray that they will have the courage to ignore the loudest voices if not God’s.
- Pray for their wisdom to select old and new songs that will help us respond to God’s revelation with biblical, theological and doctrinal integrity.
- Pray that they will have patience and persistence when it seems like none of us are completely happy with their musical selections.
Print this list and the one by Chuck Lawless and place it in a prominent place to remind you to lift up your worship team each week. You might be amazed at what God will do.
This list was originally published on David Manner’s excellent blog here.