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Worship Leading 101: Don't Try To Be Someone Else

Feb 14 2017

The following is Part 2 of a recent discussion with Jad Gillies and JD on leading congregational worship:

If you haven’t read it already, check out Part 1 of this discussion (The #1 Secret to Worship Leading with Energy & Passion).

JD, you have quite an ease to what you do on the platform, whether it be:

…running around going crazy
…singing a worship song
…giving an altar call

How do you bring passion to what you do without going over the top and being too intense?

How do you approach leading with ease versus leading with intensity


It really comes down to just trying to be yourself – that is the core of it. From there you have to understand that we have a responsibility to do whatever it is that we have to do – whether it’s speaking or leading worship.

Also, this isn’t a solo sport. The greatest thing about what we do as a church is that we are a family, and a team. For me, the only way I have grown and keep growing, is by having that family and team of incredible people around me.

SEE ALSO: Diversity on the Platform

At the heart of it is actually trying to figure out who you are in God. We don’t want someone to try and be something they’re not. I think it’s so bizarre that it’s so hard to be yourself.

I guess it’s human nature and insecurities. We all have insecurities, and some times we’re better at overcoming them than other times. It’s important to figure out your grace zone, your sweet spot, and just work it. Have friends and leaders who can help you.

“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)

People have different struggles. I struggle with nerves in front of people, and it can literally sabotage the gift that is in you. Just relax in who you are, and know that at the end of the day the more you focus on presenting the message that we’ve got, the better.

Put your confidence in who God is and not how good you want to come across, and I think that really helps.

If you’re interested in hearing more from our team about worship leading, we’d love to invite you to join us for Hillsong Conference this year, as well as our first ever Hillsong Worship & Creative Conference! Click here for more details!