As a worship leader reading this you may be scratching your head at the title of this blog. After all, weren’t you the one hired to lead worship? Perhaps in function, yes, but in role, every church in fact has three worship leaders.
So who’s leading worship in your church?
1. Jesus Christ. At first it may sound contrary, but in the book of Hebrews, we learn that Jesus is our great high priest (Hebrews 4:14-15) and the only mediator between us and God. It is through Christ that our worship of God is even rendered acceptable. We embrace this paradox that our worship is both to, through Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity.
2. Senior Pastor. Your church will only ever worship to the extent to which it is modelled by your senior leadership. I will never forget being part of a large worship ministry where I regularly observed the senior pastor casually waltzing out to take his seat during the last song of a worship set. Another common observance are teaching pastors who have failed to prepare and use corporate worship time to review their notes and prepare their segues. People are watching and the leader always sets the tone. When senior pastors fail to demonstrate an engaged heart in worship, they give permission to their congregants to do the same.
3. You. Perhaps the most obvious answer but a sobering one. Every week we have the awesome privilege (that’s right, God doesn’t need us) to create a place, a moment and an opportunity for people to experience the manifest presence of God. People are looking to us to help usher them out of self-focussed reflection to Christ-focussed adoration.
May our example Sunday mornings always be consistent and true of us the rest of the week.