Worship leaders who are called out by God must not be shy about their leadership. People need to be led into the presence of God, from outer courts, to inner courts, and finally into the Holy of Holies. God anoints leaders to bring people through this progression into worship.
I have learned in leading worship that competence as a musician will only get you so far.
As worship leaders, we are constantly being pushed to have the best teams of people, sometimes at the expense at having the most holy.
Our world was drastically and undeniably shaken sometime last week, when the music video for the Korean pop song “Gangnam Style” dethroned Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most watched Youtube video of all time, with over 803 million views.
One of the most interesting stories I have ever heard was born out of a congregation in Watford, England. Soul Survivor Church, struggling to find meaning in its musical outpouring at the time, chose to do something unbelievably brave. They decided to get rid of their system and band for a season, and gather together with just their voices.
There is a strange peace about the office these days. Summer is here, the atmosphere is quiet, and things have slowed down from their usual frantic pace. Hundreds of college students have made their annual exodus from the safe and charming borders of two little towns in the sleepy northwest corner of America.
Sometimes you don’t realize you’re thirsty until you take a drink.
Last summer I spent a weekend in Texas with Michael Bleeker and Aaron Ivey.
After a few hours of being around these men I realized I needed more water.
At the age of five, I remember sitting on a small stool, my parents in chairs behind me, and my brother standing behind them with his hand on my mother’s shoulder. Right before the photographer snapped my family’s portrait, she leaned to the right of her camera, smiled, and told me, “Sit up straight, you need to have good posture.”
We do our best to consider the message of the sermon. What is the theme of the content, and the intended response from the congregation? We choose songs that communicate the same truth, to present a unified message and support our pastor. This opens up creative room for our team to work together to increase the impact of the service as a whole.
When I was 15 I attended my first worship “experience” at a local church in my city. I was not a believer and the youth group I attended was, in my eyes, putting on a concert. Everyone called it worship. I called it a performance. As I grew in my faith I became the performer, who week in and week out created programs and sang songs that led people in “worship”.
There is something incredibly powerful and undeniably special that happens when the church, a rag-tag group of men and women from various walks of life, gathers together on a Sunday and sings. There are few things more moving than the sound of two hundred free, independent individuals lifting their voices to proclaim God’s truth and faithfulness in one common, unifying song.
We are all uniquely created to possess different gifts. Once you recognize and understand your own talents, it’s easy to become comfortably devoted to the things you know you are good at, areas where you know your strengths shine.
We are all worshipers. We all place something in a preeminent position in our lives. Our actions, more than our words, reflect what or who is seated in that throne. The only One worthy of that position is our great God, who loved us and gave Himself up for us.
Our hard work does nothing for us. You will never be able to put your best foot forward, clench your jaw, dig in, and buy your salvation with the sweat off your back. And we know this. Or at least we still say the clichés. But when faced with the idea that our “righteousness” is filthy rags to a Holy God, I’m not sure we fully comprehend the implications that this has.
His point was simple and profound: Worshipping a Holy God was always done as a Holy People. Worship was corporate, sacred, communal, something to prepare for, something that took preparation, something done together.
My name is Kyle Worsham, and I am a sinner. This statement is truth. It is fact. I was born into this world woven in iniquity. Like a swimmer stuck to the floor of a massive ocean, I am enveloped, overwhelmed, and drowning in sin. But thanks be to God that there is a but.
Last year, I printed out 25 copies of these notes and gave them to everyone in our three bands. We were about to transition to autonomous bands for each of our sites and I wanted to get everyone on the same page. We talked through these points one night after practice, and in some ways it might have felt assumed, but if I've learned anything it's this: Leadership is the art of assuming nothing.
In John 17, as Jesus is preparing to die, He prays over his disciples and generations of future saints. He prays for joy, for love, and for unity.
What you celebrate, you value. And what you value, you perpetuate.
n times of spiritual fervor and seasons where the Lord’s work is evident, we should sit and celebrate.
Sometimes I don’t feel it. The music. The Spirit. The point. The promise. Any of it.
Some weeks, if I were in the crowd, I’d probably sit down and not sing at all. Or I’d go get coffee in the lobby or take a long time washing my hands in the bathroom.
There are few things more humbling than presenting your art, making yourself vulnerable and exposing your work to those more experienced and talented than yourself. The Resonate songwriting team gathers for two hours every week to create, share, critique, and refine our art. Our mission is to push forward the gospel for the sake of the church, but it’s also a sanctifying process for each of us. For the sake of our mission, we must humble ourselves, set aside our insecurities, and work together to create excellent music.