How to Have a Great Week as a Worship Pastor

How to Have a Great Week as a Worship Pastor
David Santistevan

OK, Worship Pastors. Let’s get real. Have you ever had to explain what you do?

Have you ever had to answer a random stranger the question of what you do for a living? You can’t just say, “I’m a worship pastor.” Because that doesn’t make sense.

Unless you’re a church person, you’ll have no idea what that means. Typically that question is answered with, “I’m a music pastor. I lead worship. I oversee the music in my church. But it’s more than just a Sunday job. There’s a lot of other things I do too.”

I could go on and on. It’s a long answer.

But what do we actually do? Of course, this post isn’t about explaining ourselves. I simply want to help you have a good week.

Oftentimes we live in two different extremes. On one side we’re planning, dreaming, brainstorming the future. We want to break new ground. Stay ahead of the curve. Anticipate what’s coming next. Many of us are there. But many of us are also buried, drowning in the sea of mundane maintenance. We’re not inspired. We’re not advancing. We’re just getting by.

You may even be asking the question, “Am I supposed to be here?”

But what if you could engineer a great week? What if you could plan a week that was filled with real, genuine ministry? Not just tasks, todo’s, and endless busy work. It’s possible. It just takes some advanced planning and a resilience to keep at it.

Do you remember what the Bible says about ministry?

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

We are not here for ourselves. We are not here to simply be busy. We are here to equip.

5 Ways to Have a Great Week as a Worship Pastor

Here we go.

1.Make Phone Calls – Email and text messages have overtaken our lives. Yes, they’re more convenient. Yes, it’s easier to get an answer. But a phone call goes the distance. You’ll never know how effective a phone call can be in someone’s life. Look at your team roster and call people randomly. No agenda. Just to thank them for serving and to pray for them. Simple, but so effective.

2. Develop Someone – Who are you going to develop this week? Who are you going to pour yourself into? This needs to be a main agenda for every week. Maybe you feel threatened by more talented team members. Maybe you fear someone will take your place. The truth is, the most important and effective Worship Pastors are those who develop others. You won’t be known for the strength of your talent but the strength of the team underneath you.

3. Connect With Your Lead Pastor – Be proactive. Don’t wait. Plan how you’ll serve your Pastor. Think through the weekend services before he comes to you. Corporate worship isn’t a place to do what you want. It’s a place to serve a local body and the vision of your Pastor. The better you serve the vision, the more you connect, the more he or she will trust you with your vision.

4. Expand Your Team – How will your team grow this week? What steps can you take to build connections with people and grow your team? There is an ebb and flow to church life. There are seasons where you may not “need” musicians. But if you know anything about ministry, you know those times don’t last long. Always create context for more involvement. Keep the door open for new disciples.

5. Spend Time With Jesus – I know that’s an answer everyone knows. It’s common sense. But if you’re ministry doesn’t flow from a living reality in Christ, it won’t work. This isn’t a profession. It’s a calling. This isn’t a good career move. It’s a commission. Always be moved by Jesus. Keep your heart in a soft place. Stay close to your Bible.

The above article, “How to Have a Great Week as a Worship Pastor” was written by David Santistevan. The article was excerpted from

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This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”