Embracing Spiritual Freedom in Leadership 

Hey leaders! Today, let’s embark on a journey together; one that’s all about breaking free from anything that holds us back. As leaders and servants of God, we’re often on the frontlines of unseen battles that can chip away at our joy and effectiveness. But I want to remind you of this powerful truth: we are not meant to be bound by anything but the love and freedom found in Christ. So, let’s explore together how we can break free from these chains, embrace our calling as spiritual warriors, and lead with unwavering courage in the transformative power of God.

In the whirlwind of ministry, it’s easy to feel the weight of things that hold us back; fear, doubt, and past hurts. These are the chains of spiritual bondage that hinder our effectiveness. But today, let’s shed a little light on these areas and start the journey toward freedom. As leaders, we’re called to lead with authenticity and passion, and it’s very difficult to do so when we’re carrying heavy burdens.

When I look back on my own journey, I remember times when the fear of failure was real in my heart. It felt like invisible chains that were holding me back from fully stepping into the anointing and calling God had placed on my life. Maybe you can relate. But the good news is, Jesus came to break every chain, and He set me free so that I could grow in my ability to love Him and serve His people. He didn’t just come to give us salvation; He came to give us abundant life by freeing us from all bondage (John 10:10) so that we could help others walk in freedom, too.

Dear friends, we are not simply gifted speakers, teachers, or musicians; we are warriors in the Kingdom. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” It’s time to put on our spiritual armor and utilize our voices and instruments as weapons of praise against the darkness.

Whether we are teaching pastors or worship leaders, we all have a unique role in spiritual warfare. Our songs of praise are not just melodies; they are declarations of victory. When we preach or lead worship or simply have a cup of coffee with one of our congregants, we are helping them step into battle, declaring God’s goodness and power over every situation. So, let us stand firm in our identity as warriors, knowing the battles we face are not ours alone, but the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15). If you’d like some greater understanding on these issues, it may be helpful to look to my Leadership Course as you navigate the challenges of ministry and leadership! 

The power of prayer is transformative! It’s not just about the songs we sing but the prayers we lift up. Philippians 4:6-7 encourages us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

As we seek God’s face, inviting others to do the same, let’s be people who are known not only for music but also for our fervent prayers. Our prayers truly pave the way for God’s presence to move mightily.

As leaders, we have the privilege of modeling and leading the congregation in communication to God of all kinds. We can set the tone for our services by introducing heartfelt prayers of surrender and invitation to the Holy Spirit or by lifting up a spontaneous song of praise. Of course, when we do these things, we open the doors for God to move in miraculous ways, touching hearts and transforming lives.

Imagine the impact of leading from a place of freedom in Christ! Beautiful! When we’re unchained from doubts and fears, our leadership takes on a new power and depth. Galatians 5:1 reminds us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” As pastors and leaders, our freedom in Christ is not just for us but also for those we lead. When we worship with abandon, free from inhibitions, we invite others to do the same. Our freedom becomes contagious, spreading through the congregation as we lift our voices in unity and praise.

In our pastoral roles, we face unique challenges; conflicts, trials, performance pressures, burnout – and these things can sometimes wear us down. But in our moments of weakness, God’s strength shines powerfully through (2 Corinthians 12:9). I encourage you to lean into communion with God as your primary source of strength. When we worship through the challenges, we invite God’s power into our situation. As leaders, we have the opportunity to lead by example in overcoming challenges through seeking God. When the pressures of ministry weigh heavy, let’s remember that God’s grace is more than enough for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). Let’s encourage our teams and our congregants to turn to God as a refuge, a place where we find strength and renewal in His presence.

Our stories of breakthroughs and victories are powerful tools in worship. When we share how God has brought us out of bondage into freedom, we inspire others. Revelation 12:11 declares, “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.” Let’s not be afraid to share our testimonies of God’s faithfulness and deliverance and be bold enough to give our lives away for the Kingdom. This, of course, encourages the congregation to worship with much gratitude and hope. My book, entitled Spark Book could be very helpful in increasing your ability to engage yourself and your congregation with biblical forms of authentic worship!


As leaders, our testimonies become part of the song we sing, even as we sing our testimonies back to God. When we share how God has moved in our lives, it adds depth and meaning to the worship experience. Let’s take time during our services to share brief testimonies of God’s goodness, inviting the congregation to join in the celebration of His faithfulness.

As we follow our Lord on this journey, let’s hold tightly to the hope we have in Christ. Psalm 46:1 assures us, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Let’s lead with unwavering hope, reminding everyone we encounter that God is our refuge and strength in every situation, good or bad. As Kingdom leaders, we have the incredible privilege of leading others into the presence of the Almighty, where chains are broken, hearts are healed, and lives are transformed.

In closing, let’s never forget that our God is a God of freedom. He has called us to lead His people into a life of abundant joy and victory! Let’s continue to break free from every chain that hinders us, embracing our role as spiritual warriors in the Kingdom. May our worship be bold and passionate, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. May our lives be testimonies of God’s faithfulness and deliverance. And may we always lead with hearts full of love, compassion, and a burning desire to see others set free in Christ.

My friends, the journey to freedom is ongoing. Let’s walk this path together, supporting and encouraging one another along the way. As we do, we will see God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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