What is a Worship Leader?
A Worship Leader works with the clergy in leading services and helps in the development of Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic services.
After training, a Worship Leader will become confident and competent in a variety of services and will be equipped to provide that ministry in their parish/benefice
With the agreement of their Incumbent they may be willing to be deployed in other parishes within their Deanery.
The role may involve some or all of the following:
- Leading Morning prayer and Evening prayer
- Leading Intercessions
- Reading approved homilies – a Worship Leader is not authorised to preach.
- Planning and leading other services e.g. Family Services; Pet services; Songs of Praise
- Co-ordinating and guiding prayer and study groups
- Working with the clergy to develop new ideas for worship
- Developing opportunities to encourage faithfulness and prayer within the congregation(s)
- Attend ongoing training provided within the Parish and the Diocese
- A committed Christian and regular member of their parish church
- Spiritually and emotionally mature
- May already be assisting with worship or public prayer in the parish
- Well respected and sensitive to needs of the local parish church
- Maintains confidentiality
- Can manage time and personal commitments alongside the role
Valuable Personal Skills:
- Committed to nurturing a personal discipleship in prayer, study and worship.
- Confident and able communicator
- Exhibits initiative and self motivation
- Willing to develop new ideas
- Good team worker
Development of a Worship Leader
It is important to stress that those who help lead worship may be invited to do so by the parish priest without prior authorisation by the Bishop. The diocese does not want this process to be restrictive, but rather wishes to encourage local initiatives and journeys.
However, this outline provides a framework, expectation and standards. Anyone who is regularly taking services or who is involved in leading worship, should be offered training towards formal recognition as a Worship Leader within the diocese.
- Practical experience with the parish priest
- Reflection on learning with other lay people
- Diocesan training days are offered to support the Worship Leader and those in training.
- Advice about the wide range of resources for leading worship
- It is desirable the trainee is placed in a nearby parish during training to broaden their experience.
Church Wardens by virtue of their office are sometimes, in an emergency, required to lead a service. The diocese takes this seriously and the Lay Development Group is willing to help deaneries provide training for them.