What we Love.
Bob Kauflin wrote that “worship is about what we love. What we live for. It’s about who we are before God.” Worship extends beyond liturgies, music style, instrumentation, and service order. It gets at our very essence, our purpose for being.
My call and passion in life is to lead others into the presence of God through music, scripture, prayer, and media. The Christian life is about an active, growing relationship with the Lord. God has given us music as a powerful tool to connect with Him, to honor Him, and to instill in us Scripture and doctrine. Our worship should be an authentic response to what God has done and is doing in our lives, church, and community.
As a worship leader my goal is to build a worship team (band, choir, media) of worship leaders and to create a culture of worship within the church. I have a strong conviction that the way I lead worship must line up with the pastor’s vision and purpose for the church.
It all Comes Down to Practice.
Practice is where the foundation is laid. My desire is that worship practice goes beyond learning songs and spending some time in fellowship. I strive for every practice to be a worship experience in itself. This is where I find myself to be more pastoral in my worship leading. During practice we talk about worship, we look at biblical examples and themes of worship, we pray for the church, the pastor and one another. We grow as worshipers.
Engaging the Culture.
Worship in the church needs to be culturally relevant. We need to engage the culture yet not become like the culture. Truth is always relevant. The Gospel is always relevant. What is not always relevant is doing church the same every Sunday. God has given us the ability to use media and better equipment to open up creativity, because no one person responds the same way. We need to move forward in our relationship with the Lord, and we need to move forward in our worship (and that doesn’t mean stop singing hymns).
In the End, It’s about God’s Glory.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. That’s what matters, and that is why we were created. Through Jesus Christ we have access to God, we are counted righteous and just in Him. We should be spending all our effort in worship.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.