Does it ever feel like everyone on the worship team is just going through the motions?
Until recently, I thought that I must be the only worship leader that feels this way. After all, isn’t the worship leader supposed to be the most on-fire, engaged person in the entire church?
I brought up this topic at a recent Worship Leader Meetup and found that everyone else at the table also struggles with this from time to time. This was a relief for me and I hope it is for you as well.
What causes us to feel this way?
Have you ever been a part of a church service where the Holy Spirit moved in a mighty way and the atmosphere was electric? These services are awesome! However, the problem comes when we try to recreate this ‘feeling’ in every service.
After this type of service, we tend to think that the Holy Spirit isn’t moving if the congregation is quietly singing with little expression during worship. But, isn’t peace one of the greatest gifts we have been given as believers?
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
In my life, peace is the most common way the Holy Spirit expresses Himself. You know, the peace that surpasses all understanding.
So, why are we as worship leaders discounting peaceful worship encounters?
The Holy Spirt is always moving.
So, next time the enemy tries to lie and tell you nothing is happening during worship, remind yourself that the Holy Spirit is always moving.
The congregation may respond with shouting, or they may just relax in His peace. No matter what happens with our emotions, the Holy Spirit is alive and active in our lives as believers.
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6
So, are you just going through the motions?
Of course, there are those who are worship leaders for the wrong reason (like those who just want to show off their skill). But, considering you are reading this post, I venture to assume this is not you.
You are a worship leader because it is your calling and passion to see others worship the Lord.
So, lead confidently regardless of how the congregation responds. Keep being faithful and pressing forward in your call as a worship leader. God has great plans for you!