Dear Church Member,

(This is not written to anyone in particular. Rather to every church member of every church out there)

You may like the way your worship leader sings.
You may like the way your worship leader looks.
You may like what your worship leader says.
You may like the songs your worship leader writes.
All that is dandy.
It is great to feel those nice, pretty, shiney things.

But it is not about you.

It is not about your likes, needs, and comfort at all.
The reason they stand before you is to lead you to a place of unabandoned worship in your Savior.
The reason they stand before you is to display to you a lifestyle of worship that God has called you and them into.
The reason they stand before you is to CHALLENGE you that your level of praise to God Almighty should take a step up.
The reason they stand before you is because God Himself, has called them, TO LEAD YOU in worship.
This means that you need leading.
So stop staring at them, and start following them.

Get The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus to lead worship at your church if you’re in it for kicks and giggles.
But if you are in it to be led…
Swallow your pride and follow your leader.
Los
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  • Great thoughts!

  • Word…thanks for being you bro…adam

  • Wow. Nicely put. And, so you know. I would not attend a church with Miley Cirus, I don't care who is preaching.

    • jbstansel

      honestly….i would go to that church just to see her lead worship! at least id get my laughs for the day

  • joymark

    Thanks for this. I felt like posting something similar recently, but yours is much better than what's in my head.

  • John

    ballsy – but right on.

  • jbstansel

    and what's more…you may NOT like the way he looks, sings, or writes, but that isn't the point either…just worship Him

  • stephenlechner

    good post.

    i like it. a lot.

  • Awesome! Awesome! I actually just sent this to our worship leaders as a word of encouragement. They do a great job in answering God's call to lead our congregation in worship.

    • ditto here. Also linked back and threw this on the main church blog. Should make for some feedback since I'm the worship guy. 😉

  • love love LOVE this post.

  • Thanks Los, I'll be linkin this.

  • wouldn't it be great if this actually happened?

  • John

    Dear Worship Leader…

    (This is not written to anyone in particular. Rather to every worship leader of every church out there)

    You may like the way you sing.
    You may like the way you look.
    You may like what you say.
    You may like the songs you write.
    All that is dandy.
    It is great to feel those nice, pretty, shiny things.

    But it is not about you.

    It is not about your likes, needs, and comfort at all.
    The reason they sit before you is to be in a place of unabandoned worship in their Savior. You get the chance to lead them there.
    The reason they sit before you is to display to HIM a lifestyle of worship that God has called you and them into. You get the chance to lead them there.
    The reason they sit before you is to be CHALLENGED that their level of praise to God Almighty should take a step up. You get the chance to challenge them there.
    The reason they sit before you is because God Himself, has called them, to worship Him. You get the chance to lead them there.
    This means that you need to lead.
    So stop staring at them, and start leading them.

    😉

    • loswhit

      John. You are not allowed to rip off my old posts… 😉
      http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com/?p=5296

    • kjt

      Where is the “swallow your pride and lead them” part?

      • loswhit

        Approve

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      • loswhit

        If you do not find offense in this post, I'm probably not talking to
        you. If you find offense in this post, I'm probably talking to you.

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        • John

          Hey man… No offense for sure.

          Just wanted to remind you that a leader's “followship” is not a right… But a priviledge of being worthy to follow.

          If you don't have it, don't demand it.

          Earn it.

          No offense. Just a reminder, leader to leader.

          Peace.

          • loswhit

            True. Kinda. If someone is not worthy of being followed…then they
            are not a leader. They are just going on a walk…alone.
            If your worship leader is not worth following, why is he on stage?

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          • John

            I think a lot of unfollowed leaders ARE worth following…they just haven't earned followship yet.. The first time you stepped into a spotlight, you were not being followed, remember? You had to earn it. All over the world, great leaders aren't being followed…yet… and they are smack in the middle of being the leader that Gid wants them to be. Ask any great leader that is putting a broken church back together or starting a movement. They are on stage because God wants them there. My comment was more about not just expecting or demanding followship without earning it.

            Other than that… I will say that I see bad leaders with huge crowds following them to horrible places all the time. A quick rewind through history shows us that…in both political AND religious arenas. It's what makes leadership such an important stewardship. Some people will follow a compelling (or demanding) leader without any regard to where he or she is leading them. Scary.

            Thoughts to think about…

    • Shifty

      Man – I read this one on ym phone and was coming here to write ALMOST EXACTLY what John wrote. How crazy…

      Except I would have changed the last line to:

      “So stop staring at yourself on the giant projection screen and start leading.”

      I feel – that like a lot of secular performers (and you leaders ARE performing) that a lot of worship leaders get in to it for that same reason – that feeling of adoration or having a following.

      And why should I have to “follow” you anyways? What if I connect with God more on a run in the woods than I do by lifting my arms up in corporate worship?

      I don't command the trees and birds and squirrels to run with me in the woods – and neither should a good worship leader command his “followers” (hate hate hate that term) to do as he does.

      For all that leader knows they may be having the most connected moment with God they have ever had – sitting in their chair, arms at their side, mouthing the words. Not clapping.

      Fun stuff to pick apart – Los always knows what makes for a good post…

      • loswhit

        Obedience is a bitch. Trust me. I know.

  • josiahpotter

    good stuff Los

  • Yep, I'll be taking that to praise team practice next week. I'll give you credit of course :-).

  • This is exactly what our last Sunday's sermon was about, thanks for putting the word out in ways that others might not be able to…

  • what a great post. thanks!

  • Dear Church Member,

    You may go to a small church where they don't have flashy lights, slick presentations, or a huge talent pool. There may be some weeks when the song leader causes more pain to the ear than joy. But remember, this isn't about you. It isn't about enjoying the concert. It is a concert for One, where the quality of the worship service is based on passion and heart and not the slickness or sound of the service. So stop complaining. Stop measuring how good a worship service is by how good it made you feel and start concerning yourself with all glory being given to Him. It's not about you.

  • Rhi

    PREACH!!! Tell it Carlos.

  • William Guice

    You know it is hard to knock people for expecting Miley & the Jonas Brothers when everything in the room screams Miley & the Jonas Brothers. I'm not quite sure this is fair. When everything on stage screams, “Look at & listen to me!” Then that's what people do and they make judgments.

    A person doesn't gain the right to be followed just because they are on stage and have a mic. That is earned in other spaces and leveraged when that leader stands before people. Even if you take the “called” angle, have you clearly communicated that to the crowd. That everyone on stage is “called” by Yahweh himself to lead you in worship.

    You know, I can take my children into Chick Fil-A and tell them that it's Burger King. I can even buy off the workers and get them to tell my children that it is Burger King, but they know by looking at the room, the menu, the bags, what's on people's trays and numerous other things where they are. It doesn't matter what I say, they will make judgments based on what they see, hear and in this case smell and maybe if i'm generous in my little story, taste. The setting is what it is and people pick up on it.

    I love dreaming and love production and long for more and better creative moments that draw people close and communicate the story of God well. But I think we need to be careful how we (those of us who stand before people and those who plan gatherings) evaluate those we lead and our leadership.

    I've found a couple of leadership axioms to be true:

    1) every group becomes its leader, and
    2) your system is set up perfectly to give you the result that you are getting.

    So…if this is what we are getting from the crowd maybe just maybe we need to examine what is before them…what is engaging them….how we are leading them.

    Just a couple of thoughts…

    Peace ~

  • Wow – I read this and the linked post. Totally made me stop and re-think how I “follow my leader”, and if I do at all. And when I'm the leader, if I'm really leading them to a place, or just showing them what it's like when they find their way on their own… am I truly leading, or just showing them how it's supposed to look?

    Hmm…

    • loswhit

      test

  • Wow – I read this and the linked post. Totally made me stop and re-think how I “follow my leader”, and if I do at all. And when I'm the leader, if I'm really leading them to a place, or just showing them what it's like when they find their way on their own… am I truly leading, or just showing them how it's supposed to look?

    Hmm…

  • guesst

    After dozens of years in the church, this article finally made me understand why I can't get my unsaved friends into the church. They find God outside church, or at the altar call and then run away before they can become thoroughly disallusioned. God apparently thought it was about me, because He died for me- if it wasn't about me He would have made me an automaton, to serve Him perfectly every time.

    The large number of favorable comments and links to this article prove one thing: the established church is full of and run by the arrogant, and God opposes them. Good work guys, keep scaring away my unsaved friends straight into hell.

    • or lead your unsaved friends to Christ and quit blaming them going to hell on the church.