Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Everyone has an opinion

Last week my Senior Pastor and I discussed changes we would like to see on our worship teams. The following day our Executive Pastor sent me a top ten list of what annoys people the most about worship teams and worship leaders.

  1. When they tell you what to do and how to worship… to the point where it makes you feel guilty if you don’t conform yourself to her/his understanding of what worship is
  2. When they talk between every song.
  3. When they repeat the same catch-phrases every week.
  4. Breathy speaking between songs
  5. When worship teams forget that the audience of worship is God, and start making it a performance for those sitting in front of them
  6. Worship leaders who seem really wrapped up in being “cool.” Sometimes you can tell they’re being fake and/or showy
  7. When they don't know the lyrics
  8. Sing with their eyes closed the whole time.
  9. When singers act like they are really bored up there
  10. Transitions between songs take long time. Uncomfortable dead time between songs

I have honestly heard people mention one of these top ten dislikes following the same service another person compliments it!

Worship leading and music selection have to be two of the most controversial topics in ministry. Everyone has an opinion.

As a leader, this can become very discouraging, or it can be embraced as a challenge. A challenge to come so prepared and passionate about worshipping our God, that you just let God work through you. Our confidence comes from Him not from man.

Psalm 96:1-4 "Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! (2) Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. (2) Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! (4) For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!

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