I love hitting the stage. I developed a love for music in middle school and have never been able to shake it. In fact, I despair at the thought of a life without it. I have played on many different instruments, in many different settings, in many different venues, to many different types of people. I have played to audiences that couldn’t care less that I was there, to audiences who shush talkers because they want to hear every nuance of what I’m doing, and to every audience in between.
There is a time to entertain, and there is a time to lead.
As musicians, we all have, or have had, illusions of grandeur. Leading worship is a dangerous position for an attention loving, approval seeking musician. You see, God doesn’t share glory. He is jealous for His glory and honor. Every time I step onstage to lead worship, there is a danger that my self will fight for the attention and glory that is due my Creator. There is a fine line between humility and a modesty that sometimes hides a desire for recognition.
Leading worship is service. We are serving God with the gifts He has given us to bring glory to Him, and to bring attention to the truth of who He is and who we are in relation to Him. We are serving the Church by using those gifts to draw people’s attention to Him, not ourselves, and to facilitate an environment that allows those we serve to worship God. We aren’t rockstars; we’re servants. Biblical leadership as modeled by Jesus equals service.
How do we serve?
We get to know the people we are leading. The 20 minutes before and after service are a great start.
We pray for them. Often.
We ask God to help us lead them where He wants them to go.
We ask God how we can help further His agenda. And to help us let go of ours.
A worship leader who is a servant? That’s pretty freaking rockstar, right there.