Today, I want to remind us all about the purpose of our gatherings. We need to get back to a worship expression with God at the center. And a worship expression that encourages and enables people to participate, engage, and get some skin in the game.
We want to move people from spectators to singers.
We want to move people from seeing themselves as an audience to a team member.
We are the body of Christ but too often our gatherings reflect the talented, charismatic leaders on stage and an audience of consumers.
I’m not saying everyone in your church needs to join the worship team. Rather, I’m saying you should view your congregation as part of your worship team. If they’re not singing, engaging, and meeting with God in worship, something needs to change.
Every believer has access. No matter who we are or where we come from, the blood of Jesus has made a way for broken, unworthy people to come. We don’t need an “anointed” worship team to worship.
But it’s not that leadership isn’t important. When we look at the sacred assemblies of Israel in the Old Testament we see leadership. But we also see the entire company of people falling down before God.
5 Tips for Leading Engaging Worship
As a leader, you’re a catalyst for change. You’re creating an environment for people to connect with God. You are not the center. You are a worshiper, a participant just like everyone else.
So here are 5 tips for being this kind of leader. Whether you are an uber talented worship leader or a simple leader doing your best for God, we can all apply these tips to lead with greater effectiveness:
1. Understand Your Role
As worship leaders, we don’t “bring people into the presence of God” by our talent, passion, and excellence. What you do is important but it’s not paramount. Only the blood of Jesus can bring us in to the presence of complete Holiness. Understanding this helps you not take yourself too seriously.
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Every believer has access into the presence of God through Christ. And when you as the leader understand that, and every worshiper understands that, corporate worship starts to look different. We don’t need permission from a worship leader. We can come boldly to the throne of grace.