Becca Gage
1 year ago

Expectation > Hype

The role of a worship leader on the platform is so much more than learning the lyrics and being able to play a song well. While all of this is vital to displaying excellence in the gift God has given us, we can’t dismiss the importance of communication.

I have the honor and privilege of serving on the Liberty Worship Collective as one of their worship leaders.  Since my freshman year in high school, I could feel God’s evident tug on my heart to full time ministry.  Worship for me, is an opportunity for us to express our adoration to the father in ways that sometimes we can’t express in any other form. This is why I am so passionate about what I get to do. Here at Liberty, the student body has come up with a few nicknames for me (i.e. “airplane girl”, “girl that moves around to much”). These are in honor of the zeal and passion I convey on the platform. Now, who ever came up with airplane girl (this is related to my arms swaying like the wings of an airplane) I give a 10/10 for creativity. I tell you this to say, I don’t want to be known as the girl who jumps around but known for the girl who has a relentless, all in passion for communicating the gospel.

Our main job as worship leaders is to communicate.

Now, communication is expressed in all different natures and forms, but it should all boil down to truly knowing WHY we communicate.  We were made BY God and FOR God.  We were not made to keep the truths God has so graciously given us through his word silent.  We were made to know him intimately and to worship him with PASSION.  Worship is ultimately our response, as a body of believers, to God’s love towards us.   It’s an act of exposing the awe that is found in his holiness that we quite honestly, can’t even begin to comprehend with our earthy minds.

As worship leaders, we are to fully engage people in whatever way possible so they can experience the presence of God.  How we communicate on the platform, either inspires people to respond or leaves them observing instead of being engaged.

Ok, think of it this way… the stage is like a mirror.  

The people are going to reflect back what they see & how they see it.  Stage presence is sometimes undervalued, when really it can be the key to unlocking a barrier between you as the worship leader and the congregation.

For example, if I have my eyes closed the entire set that automatically puts me in the position of being inwardly focused. Our eyes are a window to our soul & the condition of our hearts.  When we keep our eyes closed for an extended period of time, we cease to connect with our audience.   We must take our inward focused thoughts as a leader and put our feet in other people’s shoes.  You never know what the lady on the front row wearing the floral patterned blouse went through at work yesterday.  It’s our duty to make sure she knows the joy found in lifting her hands, as a physical sign of surrender proclaiming, “Through the storm he is Lord, Lord of all.”

We worship God because He's worthy not because we feel like it.  It’s as simple as flashing a smile out of pure adoration and joy for our Savior.

“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. (Psalm 51:16, 17 MSG)”

We are living is a culture today that unfortunately views worship as just hype before the pastor comes to share the word.  This could not be farther from the truth

Our worship is a natural response / It's not hype; it is expectation that God is going to show up in a vast and mighty way in our lives.

We are vessels chosen to express the most important message that has ever been told through song.  That message is the message of Jesus & God's love to all mankind. How can you not get passionate about that?