PoW: The Heart of the Leader (or our call and purpose in the Church)

“A faithful worship leader

magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ

through the power of the Holy Spirit

by skillfully combining God’s Word with music,

thereby motivating the gathered church

to proclaim the gospel,

and to live for God’s glory.”

The creed above, written by Bob Kauflin in Worship Matters, is a good guideline for impacting the layperson and elevating the power of the gospel in music. The gospel alone has great power, but there is a reason that Psalm 150 commands us to make music in worship. The role of the Worship Leader is a complicated one in any church. The form the role takes varies from a full-time worker with a small or large band, to the part-time worker who does what she can, to the volunteer who pours all his extra time into crafting the best worship experience he can for his church. The above creed is a good guideline for any worship leader to take and a great reminder as to what his call is as he works with many people including; his volunteer band members, congregants and his Sr. Pastor. The relationship with the Sr. Pastor may be the most difficult for many worship leaders due to the fact that often the Sr. Pastor does not have the same point of view on worship as the Worship Leader and may be more concerned with other aspects of the service. However, this working relationship needs to run smoothly. “Although I may not always see eye-to-eye with him he is still the boss . . . Because of this, as worship leaders, we should always have a servant attitude toward the pastor.” This idea is important to remember. God has placed those in authority over us for a reason and purpose. Not loosing sight of this, and the fact that both the Sr. Pastor and Worship Leaders goal are the same (to see people engage with Christ in a meaningful way), should hopefully smooth out the relationship. The profound nature of the job of the worship leader is lost on most people. Those who study worship and its complexities and understand the daunting task the worship leader takes on may have a greater respect for the worship leader. The lyrics from the following David Crowder*Band Song, “I’m Trying to Make You Sing,” sheds a bit of light on the desired outcome for a worship leader:

“And I’m trying to make you sing From inside where you believe Like it’s something that you need Like it means everything And I’m trying to make you feel that This is for real, that life is happening That it means everything I’m just trying to make you sing”

The goal is to make the worshiper sing from the depth of her heart to the God that saved her, and loves her. The goal of the worship leader is to make the worshiper see that one needs to worship God and that his relationship with God, his worship of God changes everything about his life; in short, to see that worship impacts how he lives. The lyrics of the above song plea for the worshiper to let God change him, that through his time of worship and remembrance his life will be changed spilling out into his everyday life. “Our remembering often turns into nostalgia or recrimination; God’s remembering turns into action.” The worship leader does not want the worshipers to just get all warm and fuzzy, he want the worshipers’ lives to be changed and that change to trickle down to the way they live and act and impact their world. The heart of the worship leader is to impact the heart of those who worship—that their hearts would be so moved by the power of God and so permanently brought before the throne of God that God impacts everything that the worshiper does!

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