To me, leading worship is one of the greatest callings that a person can have. However, it comes with a heavy sense of responsibility. Worship leaders are not performers, yet we have to perform. There are many people in this world that take the stage in churches to lead worship, yet treat it like a performance. Worship isn't the pre-show to the preaching. It is the time when we as leaders have the calling to usher in the presence of a mighty God. Yes, it should be done with excellence. Yes, we should be energetic and excited about it. And yes, worship music can rival most other genres in being good quality entertaining music. However, our main focus should be on God and listening to what direction He wants us to go.
Our Pastor at High Praises, Chris Sustar, made an awesome point this past Sunday. He talked about how no matter how much time he prepared for a sermon, or how long the worship team practiced their songs, if God wants to alter the service plan, we better go with it. We should never quench a move of God to keep with our agendas.
Another thing I have been noticing is that the excitement that we have on stage sets the standard for what the congregation will have in their worship. As leaders, we set the example. It is not that people are copying us, but people need to be taught to worship. If our excitement is at 50%, we should probably expect to see about a 30% response. If it is at 100%, we can expect at least an 80% response. It starts with us, because we are the ones that have been chosen to lead God's people into the throne room.
Worship leaders above all else need to be completely committed followers of Jesus Christ. I say this because many people on stages are great musicians, but lack a relationship with God. This just gives a performance that will entertain the people, but there will be no transformation or power through the music. Without the anointing, it doesn't matter how much talent you have. It is all just a show. If you are going to take the stage in a church, make sure it isn't just a gig or a cool opportunity. Make sure you are doing it for the glory of God.