Sunday Morning Is A Concert – Of Humble Leadership

Worship leadership is just one part of a “concert of leadership” that takes place each week, at each gathering.

As worship leaders, small mis-steps in the ways we handle our leadership role, arising due to unchecked motives hidden in our hearts (often surprising even us), can break that concert.

When we go over time because we “feel like we should,” without another pastoral leader’s blessing, we break that concert and are a solo act.

When we do songs that “we want to,” with interior resistance to guidance from an overseeing leader or a larger plan for song usage, we break that concert and are a solo act. 

When we forget to speak well of one another when behind a microphone (or behind a closed door), we break that concert and are a solo act.

Community, especially for musicians and worship leaders, demands a shared sacrifice and humility that holds our corporate discipleship success together as a higher value than our moments of stage leadership.

To be truly pastoral is to care for the whole, and to remain in concert with all leadership expressions occurring at any given gathering.

Humility, in this context, is then a non-negotiable for a worship leader.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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