My most public role at Crown Church is easily that I’ve led the band on Sunday mornings at least once a month for a good few years now. We have four bands, and I’m involved in leadership of two of them.
I approached James Hunting, the Lead Elder, and Dan Smith, who’s responsible for oversight for the entire worship team (including PA and lyrics projection), and got their support in my decision to step back, but I have been asked by a few people why I have – I thought it would be good to sum up here.
By stepping back from leading that doesn’t mean I’m leaving the band, or leaving the Crown! I’ll still be just as involved, just not with the lead microphone. I’ve also been told that I may get drafted in, so you may not have seen the last of me yet!
Anna and I lead a cell group, lead the student and twenties work, and are involved in organising local outreach events into West Drayton. I’d like to be freed up to do those things well.
There was once a time when the Crown had two band leaders, Dan and me. That’s not the case any more; there are five leaders on the team so I want to make space for them to lead as much as they want to.
The Crown’s future
The Crown is growing, and it’s always better to plan than to suddenly realise that you’re not ready for something! I’m confident that one day the Crown will get to the size that it will need a bigger team of band leaders, so the more people with experience in that role the better. If me stopping for a bit enables others to get that experience, great!
I don’t feel that leading the band is my primary gift. That’s not some sort of false humility, it’s just that I think I’m far more gifted in other areas like strategy and preaching. By stepping back from leading the band I hope I can grow in different gifts.
I won’t stop leading worship
You may notice that I haven’t used the word ‘worship’ at all so far, which is odd because most band leaders title themselves ‘worship leaders’. I don’t think that’s wrong, because band leaders do lead God’s people in worship, but I do think it’s misleading.
Worship doesn’t mean singing, it’s about a lifestyle lived to the glory of God. To my mind, every single Christian is a worship leader in that they live their lives to the glory of God, in order to inspire others to do the same. By the grace of God I will never stop doing that; will you be the best worship leader you can be?