Are You A Professional Worship Leader?

Worship leader Fred McKinnon posted this article on his blog, and has given us permission to reprint it here at WorshipIdeas.

You can design a masterful flow of songs…
You can recite Scripture, encourage, and effortlessly transition between songs…
You can close your eyes, raise your hands, and demonstrate physical acts of worship…
all the while, your heart is far from God.

You know just where to raise the key…
You know exactly where the people will start standing because of the response to your arrangement…
You can predict precisely how the mood of the room will be…
all the while, your heart is far from God.

You can play in any key…
Your vocal range is mammoth…
Your repertoire is endless…
Your band is flawless…
all the while, your heart is far from God.

You have the look…
You have the hair…
You have the clothes…
You can pause for tears…
Stand before the crowd with no fear…
all the while, your heart is far from God.

It’s become a job. A paycheck.
You are skilled. You can do this in your sleep.
Everyone thinks you are the best worship leader ever
after all…
You are a professional.

Dear Worship Leaders,
Fight the tendency to minister in your own strength and skill. Let your worship be an outflow of your heart. There are a million things to distract us from truly being in God’s presence, and sharing that with others. Honestly, it’s quite easy to become the professional worship leader. Sadly, many folks don’t discern the difference. When you stand to minister, your conscience will tell you is this overflow? Or is this a job?

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