Authenticity Always Beats Style


Trends, styles and song titles will come and go.

But the truth will remain. God will always be in control. Jesus will also be the ultimate worship leader. His word will never fade away. The church will always, at it’s core, worship the Lord Jesus through the ages – until God’s people are gathered around the throne of heaven.

What does that mean for us today? Authenticity will always beat style.

Strategies can be employed.

Stages can be set.

Sound can be excellent.

But authentic leadership can keep us from mimicking others, making a name for ourselves, and keep our focus on our calling and purpose.

How to authentically lead worship:

Walk In The Light

Walk with Jesus. Allow him to illuminate your path. When you come against decisions, make it a habit to wait and pray. When you’re dealing with issues and tensions, walk in the light as he is in the light. (1 John 1:7)

Live Humbly

Working toward authenticity requires humility. Be humble in your posture in prayer, in team dynamics, in the relationships with pastors and staff and in your prayers. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Live With Tension

You may have to live in the tension of what you sense God calling you to become as a worship leader or worship team and where you are right now. The space between those two things can cause us to jump ahead too quickly but don’t discount the process. Allow the Lord to lead you. You’re also in the tension of helping your team become better at what they do, using their gifts in excellence. (Romans 5:3-5)

Think About Your People

Authenticity will come when you are truly thinking about your people. You are serving your church right now and when you are doing your best to help the team lead and the church sing, then your heart is in the right place. Work there 100% until the Lord calls you somewhere else. Be authentic in your attitude and heart for the people. Don’t talk down about your church, your team or your ministry. Talk it up! Invest lots of time thinking about your ministry, but stop worrying about your ministry career. It’s the Lord’s work in and through you and he will take care of that part.

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