Worship leaders need to be held to the same standards of behavior that we hold pastors to. If worship through music is an essential element of a church service (and it is), then the character of the leaders matters.
Musicianship is important in worship leaders. But not as much as integrity.
5. Virtuoso musical flourishes can attract you to a performance, but they distract from worship.
I’ve been drawn into worship by musicians celebrating God’s praises in every musical style you can imagine. Even through musical styles that I don’t particularly like.
I’ve even been blessed while being led by musicians who weren’t especially talented, but who were offering their gift with a sincere, available heart.
But the one thing that can take me out of the moment is when a musician or singer makes it all about themselves by adding musical flourishes that draw attention to their talent, instead of to Jesus.
When it comes to musicians on worship teams, the rule is to be so good that you blend in, not stand out.
6. Performers need to be skilled musicians. Worship leaders need to be committed worshipers.
When leading worship through music, we should strive for excellence, not so people can stand in awe of our performance, but so people will stand in awe of Jesus.
Worship teams should practice relentlessly to achieve musical excellence. In doing so, they should strive to be so in sync with each other that they’re not thinking as much about chord changes as they are about being active participants in the worship they’re leading us in to.
Styles Come And Go – Worship Lasts
Unlike many others who write about this subject, I’m not worried about the future of worship through music. The current arguments, battles and legitimate concerns over excesses in modern worship music and staging are nothing new.
We’ve had these conversations before. We’ll have them again. And we should.
Arguments over worship styles, song lyrics, instruments and staging are important. The only thing that changes is which style we’re arguing over today.
Songs come and go.
Musicians come and go.
Styles come and go.
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