3 Principles for Effective Worship Ministry – by Sarah Kohlbacher

I have had the wonderful privilege of being able to lead worship for the past 25 years. What an honor it has been! Traveling all over the world and working with the local church, I have found three things that have helped me become a better minister of worship:

Remember the Vision & Share it.
Sometimes we can lose our focus or get distracted by life. The Lord has given you your ministry. Ask him to give you a greater passion for what He’s called you to do. When you have that vision deep within your heart, share it with your singers and musicians! When they know what the vision is, they will catch on and run with it too. The best way that I have found to be effective is to also have a “life verse.” This scripture keeps me moving forward in the power and anointing of God.

Proverbs 3:5,6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

Follow the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit wants to minister to his people in a deep and meaningful way. I have always been a worshipper who has no problem waiting on the Spirit to speak during a service. I don’t just want to sing at people; my goal is to be able to join together as the body of Christ in unity. My heart’s desire is to give the Holy Spirit control so that he can work in us and through us and as a result we will see miracles in our congregations.

2 Corinthians 3:17- “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Be Real with Your Team.
Your worship team is your family. It is so important to have honest and open communication with your singers and musicians. Pray together, eat a meal together, support one another in times of need. When you have that close bond with one another, you can all be on the same page. You will flow together and it will show in your worship times. Trust will be stronger with each singer and musician.

Psalm 133:1 – “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”


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Pastor Sarah joined the staff of Niagara Falls First Assembly in January of 2015. She attended Rockford Masters Commission in Rockford, Illinois where she studied to receive her ministry credentials with the Assemblies of God. Sarah has served in worship ministry for over 20 years at various churches, youth events, and conferences in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Pastor Sarah’s vision is to lead people to experience the presence of God in a meaningful way through worship and creative elements. She sees music ministry as a way of bringing growth to the congregation and within every person’s heart. She and her husband, Jason, have two children—Jason, Jr (3) and London (6 months). She enjoys spending time with her family, playing her guitar, camping, traveling, and sports.

2 thoughts on “3 Principles for Effective Worship Ministry – by Sarah Kohlbacher

  1. Great insight Sarah. Wisdom not only for worship ministers but for pastoral leaders in all areas of church ministry.

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