The Truth About Leading Worship

It never fails. Every time that God reminds of this and I’m obedient, I see Him do amazing things in my church.

As worship leaders, we can’t expect to take our crowd to a place we haven’t been. My dad always told me that the only way you can give chicken pox to someone is if you have it first.

I need to lead the way. I need to lead in worship.

This is so important because if I am authentic in my personal worship, that means that the Holy Spirit is leading me. When that happens, worship happens in me and God is leading worship through me.

“…no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” – I Corinthians 12:3

The pressure is off at that point. The intensity of corporate worship isn’t up to me anymore. It’s based on and in God’s power and not mine. There’s a ton of freedom in that.

There are so many other things and people I can point the blame to…

“This crowd is a bunch of shallow, consumer Christians!”

“My church just doesn’t get it!”

“The pastor is limiting me!”

Like the saying goes, “To blame is to B – LAME.”

When I truly worship God, when I am truly focused and recognizing His amazing presence, there are no distractions or limitations bigger than Him.

It’s much easier to look out the window than it is to look in the mirror. What am I doing? How’s my heart? How’s my worship? These are the questions and areas that I need to tackle first, as a worship leader.

I need to lead in worship, before I can truly lead worship. God can do so much more than I can do in corporate worship and I need to make Him the Lord of my life as I lead others in worship.

This is something that God continues to remind me and teach me.

It never fails. Every time…it always goes back to me and my worship first.

The best leaders were at one time great followers.

As a worship leader, I need to lead in worship, which takes following the Holy Spirit.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” – James 4:10

The next time I’m down, I need to kneel in His presence and lead in worship.

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Gary Durbin
Gary is the Worship Arts Director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, Ohio. He is also a blogger and a songwriter with a passion to serve the church. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children and have been married since 1999. You can follow him on Twitter & Instagram @garydurbin or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/garydurbin.

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