Knowing that we are effective in ministry can be a real confidence booster. I spent many years leading worship and not wanting to know what the Lord was up to because I felt that it was none of my business to know what God was doing in people’s lives. Having said that I was lacking confidence because I really didn’t have a clue if what I was doing was of any use to the Lord or the people that I was leading in worship.
We don’t need to know the details of what is going on in people’s lives but to know that what we are doing is effective is encouraging.
Have you heard people say ‘you can’t see the wind but you know it’s there because you can see the wind moving the trees’ I’ve found this so useful. When you are leading worship look for the wind in the trees. Are people engaged and worshipping? Can you visibly see people being ministered to by the Holy Spirit, have their expressions changed? Do they look more peaceful? Are they deep in worship with their arms out to God and clearly connecting?
Another way to know that God is moving is to ask people you trust for feedback and yet another way is to encourage testomonies so that we are all encouraged.
I’m finding it difficult to gauge how things are going in one setting that I’m leading worship in at the minute so I have started to ask the team that I’m working with what they feel is happening. Now I’ve realised that at the end of the session they are encouraged to write down what the Lord did for them and said to them, so they don’t forget. I’ve seen everyone that can write, write something down. This is my wind in the trees for that situation.
Always check your motives when asking for feedback and receiving encouragement.