Worship leaders

"God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." John 4:24 (NIV)

Worship leaders are members of the Methodist Church who have been trained and commissioned to share in preparing and leading worship alongside the minister or local preacher appointed to lead an act of worship. Their role may include choosing and leading music and prayers, reading Bible passages or other readings, facilitating dance or drama and any other aspect of the act of worship other than the sermon.

The role of Worship Leaders is an important ministry within the Methodist Church. Below you can find information about worship leader training and other resources. 


Worship Leader Training

Since September 2015 the only training course for worship leaders is Worship: Leading & Preaching, the new local ministry pathway. Worship leaders will study alongside local preachers on this course. For more information please click here.

The old Connexional Worship Leader Training Pack is no longer available.



A certificate can be used to mark the commissioning of a worship leader. It is available only as a download from this website. Please note that hard copies of these certificates are not available. Please click to download the Worship Leader Commission Certificate.  A long service certificate is now available to download here.


Connexional Team Guidelines

Please click to access the Connexional Team Guidelines for the Circuit Local Preachers Meeting


Recruitment resources

Called to Lead Worship? You may find this booklet helpful as you explore God's call to the ministry of a worship leader. It includes testimonies, Scripture and practical guidance to encourage reflection, prayer and talking things through with others. Printed copies are available in packs of 20 from Methodist Publishing

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