Be a Master Storyteller: Leading Worship

Joshua Watts likens worship leading to storytelling.

One thing that was drilled into me through my communications and theatre classes in my schooling was that “art tells a story.” An artist is simply a storyteller. Many artists struggle to find a story to tell, and undoubtedly some stories are worth telling more than others, but all art tells a story. We artists and creatives must hone our craft and skills to be able to communicate a story with authenticity, sometimes with subtlety, sometimes with overtness, and always with excellence.

For those of us who are disciples of Christ and artists in the local church, the story we are responsible for communicating is clear: the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior. The result of all we do should enlarge people’s view of Jesus Christ.

This includes worship pastors and worship leaders! We are artists by nature – even if some of you don’t feel especially artistic! And whether you realize it or not, you are telling a story from the platform every single week. Maybe the story you are inadvertently telling is how fantastic of a musician you are, or maybe it’s the story of how your stage design is so amazing. Or maybe, and hopefully, you are communicating Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).

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