3 Ways to Overcome Insecurity When You’re Leading Worship

By: allison stuenzi

Any time I have the opportunity to step on stage and lead others, I want my heart to be the most prepared. The music, the lyrics, the transitions, the notes, and the words I speak are all very important. But none of that matters if my heart is not in the right place.

The way you lead is determined by the condition of your heart. Until recently, my heart was not in great condition. I was surrounded by fear because I was constantly living from a place of insecurity. This insecurity drove my thoughts and actions, and I began to see it as my identity.

Leading with confidence

I knew a lot about Jesus growing up, but until last year, I didn’t know what it looked like to have an actual relationship with him. As I was surrounded by people who modeled what it looked like to live a life fully surrendered to the Father, I realized I had never done that myself.

I didn’t know my full capacity to lead until I knew the One who gave me that capacity.

On September 12th of 2016, I gave my life to Jesus. That was the day my confidence began to grow. As I grew in my relationship with the Father, I gained a different perspective of myself. I was no longer someone striving for confidence in my own abilities. I became a child of God whose identity and confidence was found in who He is and what He did for me.
On this journey to shed timidity and insecurity, I learned three key aspects of leading from a place of confidence:

1. Know the Source

I didn’t know my full capacity to lead until I knew the One who gave me that capacity. Pursuing a relationship with the Father was the greatest decision I’ve made in my life. I had heard what the power of the name of Jesus could do, but now that I see it in my own life, I fully believe it and want nothing more than to share that truth with others. The fear of making a mistake and comparing myself to other musicians has drastically decreased. I now realize I am completely free as a daughter of the King, and no mistake I make will ever change that or make that any less true.

2. Believe the Truth

Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” After I gave my life to Jesus, he immediately began to place me in difficult situations where I needed to step up and lead with confidence. This verse became a frequent point of reference for me. I knew I needed to stop believing the lies I was telling myself and to start listening to the voice of God.

That was when I realized my leadership abilities do not dictate my worth. The first words I ever heard the Holy Spirit speak to me were, “I’m right here with you.” I cling to those words and go back to them any time I feel myself drifting toward insecurity.The Lord doesn’t just place difficult situations in my life and then leave me to try and move through them on my own. He’s always there to help me fight through them. I’ve learned that if I believe what God says in His word and through His Spirit, there’s nothing I can’t overcome.

3. Create a Circle

Stepping out of a place of insecurity isn’t something I’ve done on my own. I have had the help of some friends who came alongside me and pushed me to grow in confidence. There are times I need someone to point out things in me I can’t see because I’m blinded by my own way of thinking. There are still days I rely on my friends to lovingly tell me when I’m letting fear and insecurity drive my actions. This isn’t something I’ve mastered, but I no longer see insecurity as my identity. Now I know child of God is my first identity, and I will fight to keep that at the center of everything I do.

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