The Worship Team: Leading Out Of Giving

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This post is specifically directed to those who are part of a Worship Team as either a vocalist, choir member, instrumentalist, or media technician. I am assuming that you already understand that worship leading is not a performance, and that as part of a worship team, our main role is to simply lead the congregation to become actively engaged in worshiping God - that it is not about us, it's about Him. So with that in mind, I want to share some thoughts about worship leadership.

A Worship Team is on the platform to lead the congregation in worship to God. But, how do we accomplish that? How do we lead them beyond just merely singing songs, raising hands, or lifting up verbal expressions of adoration to God? We haven't really led them if all they do is just do what we do. I hope our corporate worship hasn't been reduced to 30 minutes of follow the leader. I want to get us to think about going deeper and find a more noble and higher purpose in what we do, something that gives us a much better reason to spend the time and effort to practice and rehearse and devote our time and energy into an already busy lifestyle week after week.

The most effective way we can lead our congregation in worship is through the mid set of giving. I'm talking about more than giving God our gift of music and song. That's an important part, but a small part. Worship Teams spend a great deal of time and effort each week practicing and perfecting their gift of music, and they should. That is a good thing. However, what about spending time on developing the deeper, unseen things? What if we spent as much time and care in our punctuality than we do in getting that harmony part just right? Or in making sure our heart or attitude is just as harmonious. Those are the things that we don't talk about when it comes to leading worship. I'm all for top notch music, tight sounding bands, and stellar vocals. That honors God. But what gives Him the highest honor is giving Him the best of not just our music, but everything else that comes with it. We don't honor God by wrapping a polished gift of praise in a brown paper bag. I believe God is honored the most, not so much by the actual gift, but by the preparation, motivation, and thoughtfulness that goes into presenting that gift to Him. That is the meaning of Psalm 51:16 - 17 when it says,  "You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."

I want us to focus on the unseen areas of leadership, things that people don't see but that have a greater impact upon our effectiveness in leading them. When we give God our best in the things that the crowd won't see, I believe that will release a greater level of anointing and effectiveness from a God who receives great honor in that. I love this quote from Pastor Scott Olsen's message last week: "Our generosity is rewarded by God's extravagance." As Worship Leaders, let's be generous in giving our time and attitudes as well as our music. I have a hunch that our worship leading will take on a whole new level that will utterly amaze us. Let's be generous so that we can experience God's extravagance.

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