We can not just expect that if our week is great and we are ready to celebrate and rejoice in the Lord, that the person battling cancer or the widowed mother is going to just jump in singing with that same voice of rejoicing. And if we are naïve enough to believe that just a 5-6 song set list will get them to the point of responding with rejoicing just as we might want to, then we are foolish and are missing an important opportunity to share with them the power of the cross and the burdens that Jesus bore for us.
So, when we lead our people, whether you’re leading in front of thousands of people on a Sunday or just a handful in a living room, whether you’re leading kids, students, or recovery, we are given the opportunity to teach and to coach people in coming alongside us and participate in what we love to do the most: worship our Savior, Jesus Christ, through song.
Whether you play guitar, keys, french horn, or whatever, and you “pad” underneath certain segments of a service, you’ll relate to some of these. The best music for a prayer is never remembered, but always felt. Never distracting from the truth, but always bringing it into focus.
Rather than allowing ourselves to be impressed by how professionally we can execute the task of worship, let us be people who find our complete satisfaction and deepest delight in simply and consistently hearing and speaking the gospel to one another, by any and all means possible.
Our physical posture and countenance are two of the most importing things a worship leader should be aware of. In order for us to create a culture of expressive worshipers we must first be expressive worshipers ourselves.
This is a clip from Jeremy Riddle’s session at our first Austin Stone Worship Conference in 2013.
Matt Carter teaches from Ephesians 5 about the reason and the importance for singing in church.
This is a clip from Tony Merida’s session at our first Austin Stone Worship Conference in 2013.
Student culture is foreign to many of us, but with Christ at the helm, it will be a force to be reckoned with for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
If you’re a leader of any sort, life will be filled with many conversations and moments of conflict, be it big or small. So we should learn how to navigate these moments with great care and skill.