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How to Annoy a Worship Leader

How to Annoy a Worship Leader

Two weeks ago we created a post about how to annoy sound techs. In truth, it might have been a bit pointed at worship leaders. So this week we thought it would be fun to create a list for worship leaders.

Obviously this sort of stuff never happens to you as a worship leader. And if it did, you’d certainly be more gracious than to get annoyed by this. Certainly.

Let’s use this list as a chance to learn and grow together, rather than to become vindictive and wreak havoc on worship leaders in your life. So without further ado, eleven ways to annoy worship leaders.

1. Create your own click track in their in-ears.

2. Clap on the 1 & 3 when it’s a 2 & 4 song.

3. Give them an unsolicited book on leading worship.

4. “You should sing this song we sang at my old church.”

5. Ask them to teach your child to play an instrument.

6. “I was in prayer this week and wrote a song. Can you play it next week?”

7. Unauthorized tambourines.

8. Change the tuning on their instrument right before service starts.

9. Complain that the drums/guitars/etc. are too loud.

10. Ask why the song didn’t sound like the album version.

11. Ask why your daughter didn’t sing the solo this week…

That’s our eleven. What would you add to the list? What ways have you annoyed your worship leader? Or as a worship leader, what really grinds your gears?

Keep comment civil, please. But let’s also have a little fun. God’s light, right? So lighten up.

About The Author

Jonathan Malm

Jonathan is a creative entrepreneur and writer. He is the author of "Created for More," a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathanmalm.


  1. Jay Jones

    Hand them some sheet music! Hahaha!

    OK, just kidding. 😛

  2. Dan

    Superb list – 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9 are, from personal experience, spot on!! (and that’s just last Sunday, a ha ha)

  3. Adrienne Maynard

    Tell you are the best. Then talk about you before they make it out of church.

  4. Adrienne Maynard

    Sit on the front pew with their crying babies.

  5. George Collins

    A few hours before service starts being asked to make changes to the set.

  6. S.

    As a music and worship leader, I struggle with unwanted instruments within the worship portion. Congregants are not aware of the great length of time and effort we go through. And they’re always out of beat. It’s like driving with someone covering your eyes. Are there any suggestions?

    • Jonathan Malm

      Unfortunately, I think it just requires talking to people as you see them walking into the church. It’s usually only a few people who are the same ones each week. If you coach people through it, that’s the best way to approach it.


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