The overall message that I want to say in this post is this: Leaders who trust God, point to, and exalt Christ through word and deed will thrive.
Leading people in worship is amazing. It is an honor and great privilege. It is an absolutely joyful blast. And it is a gigantic responsibility and can be challenging at times.
James 3:1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
Leaders will be judged more strictly. Plain and simple. This doesn’t mean that everyone else gets a free pass and can do whatever they want, but it does mean that those of us who have been called to lead will be held accountable for how we lead the people that God gave us to lead.
In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Being a good leader is not about being eloquent with words. It’s not about being the “best” or the “coolest hippest dude on the block.” Leaders lead well when they point to and exalt Christ through everything they do – words and actions – on stage and off stage. Anytime we stand up on the stage we need to clearly communicate our purpose – Christ. Boom that’s it. I love the way Bob Kauflin says it “Glorify God the Father, by praising the Son, through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The other side to the leadership coin is trusting God. This is of MASSIVE importance. If you are in a trial then trusting in God will help you find peace in knowing that God is in control and will see you through. If you are on a mountain top then trusting God will help you keep a right perspective – you are where you are at because of God’s blessing. Therefore, give thanks to God.
We trust God to stir in hearts, draw people, and change lives. We pray that we would be vessels that exude the power of the gospel, but no matter how loud we play and sing, no matter how eloquent we are with our words, it is the Spirit of God that opens our eyes to see Him, our hearts to receive, and moves us to true and genuine spirit and truth worship.
Don’t let unfortunate circumstances cause you to doubt your calling as a leader of worship. As a leader there will be times when you are uncertain how your leadership is being received. But if you are pointing to and exalting Christ and trusting in God to move in the hearts of people then you are leading well.