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Worship Wednesday: And You Think Being A Worship Leader Matters

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

From Josh: I’m honored to have Jennifer Kaufman guest posting today! Jennifer is a musician, photographer, Disney aficionado, wannabe runner, sometimes-writer and – most importantly – wife of an amazing husband and mom of three incredible kids five and under.  Her heart is for helping people be real – with themselves, and with one another. You can follow her blog here and be sure to follow her on Twitter as well!

A few years ago at a leadership conference, the worship pastor at the hosting church shared something that has stuck with me ever since.  I think of it often, as it’s changed my walk beyond the stage.

And You Think Being A Worship Leader Matters

In a breakout session for worship leaders (and by the way, each and every one of us on stage or behind the scenes is working to help lead others to engage in worship – so this means you, too!) he said that we are “Children of God first, ministers to others second, and worship leaders third.”

This spoke to me not only about my role as a church volunteer, but also about other areas of my life as well.

As worship leaders, we are part of a team that, each week, does something very visible.

We’re also wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, students, employees, friends… the list goes on and on.  We’re each working hard to balance various roles, accomplish things we set out to do, etc. It’s easy to get caught up in task lists and goals and even details that truly are important, but are not our identity.

The truth is, if we just sit back in God’s presence, doing nothing for a moment, we experience that we are never loved more or less. (tweetable

Regardless of what we accomplish, or fail to accomplish; regardless of our role at our church, our promotions at work, our good days and bad – we are cherished by the God of the universe who created us exactly as he intended, and who has an incredible plan for each of us.

John 1:12 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Of course we are called to do more than just sit around.

Of course it’s ok, even necessary, to strive for excellence – both musically each week and in every area of our lives.

But it’s not because our excellence is what defines us.

Even in spite of our failure and imperfections, God uses us to bring glory to himself.

He loves us with an unmatched love, simply because we are His children.

In order to lead others in worship, we need to remember that our identity is not in our talents or abilities, but in who we are in Him.

Ephesians 2:10“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

We need to start with a lifestyle of worship – spending time with Him daily in our own lives.  And then we need to remember that he has called us to love and serve others next

After all of this, we can also play some instruments, sing a little, and make great music that helps others to enter into His presence.  But if any of that goes away – or if we have a day in which we fail to be the people we had hoped in any other area of our lives, His love for us and His calling on our lives doesn’t change.

What does it mean to you to start with a lifestyle of worship?

Share in the comments below!

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Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.
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  • http://www.chrismorriswrites.com/ Chris Morris

    What a great post here! Though nobody would EVER want me to lead them in worship, I still can so easily put my role in the church above my place as a beloved child of God. Thanks for the reminder. It may or may not be time to go repent now.

    • http://www.thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      I think this is especially helpful because again so much emphasis these days is being placed on what we do! There can be no simpler truth than our “being” comes before any “doing!”

      • http://www.jenniferkaufman.net/ Jennifer Kaufman

        This, exactly! It’s so counter-culture to place less emphasis on outcome and what we’re doing (how successful we are, etc). How dare we think that we can be loved just as we are?! :) Thanks again for posting!

    • http://www.jenniferkaufman.net/ Jennifer Kaufman

      Thanks so much (again) :) for reading, Chris! That’s kind of what I took away from it too, despite it being said to – and this post written “for” – worship leaders. Honestly, even outside the church we can find our identity in so many other roles, even valid and good ones, instead of as children of God. It has made a difference in other areas of my life besides service… but I do think those of us who serve a lot can start to define our worth as what we’re doing “for God” instead of unto Him!

Posted on: August 14, 2013

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