Qualifications of a worship leader and church musicians in the Bible
King David had specific instructions for the music ministry of ancient Israel. They had to follow strict rules in leading the people to worship. Musicians stood near the altar and sang praises to the Lord while the animal offering was made. (1 Chronicle 23:30-31)
Requirements for joining a music ministry in the Bible
- It was a full-time job, and they strive for excellence. (1 Chronicle 9:33)
- The Levites were set aside and ordained to the music ministry. (1 Chronicle 15:12, 14)
- They were appointed for the position. (1 Chronicle 16:4)
Today, a worship leader or member does not need to be a descendant of the Tribe of Levi. The curtain that separates us from God has been torn; there is no need for the physical temple on earth. However, singing should remain theological and its lyrics based entirely on scriptures.
- Humble and not self-exalting. (Exodus 15:1)
- They should have talent and skills. (Chronicles 15:22)
- Honest and joyful person. (Psalm 71:23)
- Have experienced the goodness of God. (Psalm 105:2)
- Has a grateful heart. (Colossians 3:16)
- Must walk in righteousness and obedience to Christ.
A worship leader must have wisdom and know theology
It’s important to understand how important worship is to God. He killed Nadab and Abihu because they did not worship Him according to the scriptures (Leviticus 10). Hence, singing for the Lord must be didactic.
Talent is not enough. A worship minister must possess the fear of God, and knows the Bible well enough in order to teach it through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit—singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.