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I recently watched a worship experience video with Brian Doerksen called “level ground”. What I loved about the video was not the music actually. It was that the entire service/event had the band and leaders on the floor with the congregants. The stage was empty. No body was raised higher than another and everybody was pointed towards the same place. There was only one person that was lifted up that day. Only one being who could claim the glory. That person was God alone. Brian says in his lyrics “none of us are worthy on our own.”

It seems over the years that I have been in ministry I have seen an ebb and flow in that dynamic. I find the higher the stage gets the more separated and disconnected leaders get. This is not always their doing. Congregants love to take their leaders and put them at a higher level. They are perfect, know best, and infallible. This inevitably sets leaders up for a hard fail, an affair, frustration, bitterness, and other things. They constantly have to be aware of how others are seeing them and live up to that standard. Sadly they are not perfect regardless of what some may think. Many leaders are forced to put on their mask or jump into the phonebooth before a service and change into their super hero costume to make sure no one sees their secret identity.

Another dynamic I have seen is leaders who truly believe they are greater than others. Everything they do is out of selfish gain. They “leverage” the platform and turn it into their personal throne where they can judge others according to their standard instead of the Bibles. I have seen leaders claim that if they are not using their gifts the way they want or are not getting enough “facetime” then the church or event is sinning against God.

Let me put something in perspective here. You know you are a leader if people are following you. You can either lead them to Christ or you can lead them to you. Jesus even said there are two types of spiritual leaders: ministers who care about the people under their charge, and those who are self-serving.

Quite frankly I am tired of childish leaders who think it is all about them. They take their egos into ministry and make sure that they are catered to like divas who need the green mm’s picked out.

The crux of leadership is being a servant. Jesus was our example in this. The platform is a privilege that has been given to us by God so we can teach others to love HIM more. The altar is HIS throne, Not ours.

Ice Cube said it pretty good “You better check yo self before you wreck yo self”

Philippians 2:3-11 says it better

3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

6 Though he was God,t
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.

7 Instead, he gave up his divine privilegest;
he took the humble position of a slavet
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,t

8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.



Processional

Come now is the time – D (Brian Doerksen)
The Wonder of the Cross – Bb (Vicky Beeching) ALT Song

Gloria
We Praise Your Name – D (Klampert’s )

Praise
O Taste and See – A (Brian and Jenn Johnson)
Bless His Name – A (Tony Sanchez)
Beautiful One – A (Tim Hughes)

Gospel
Open the Eyes- E (Paul Baloche)

Offering
Above All Else – D (Vicky Beeching)
See the Way – Bb (Misty Edwards) ALT. Song
Doxology- D

Sanctus
Holy – C (Brenton Brown)

Mystery of Faith
Mystery of Faith 1 – Dm (Klampert)

Communion
O Praise Him – G (David Crowder)
Everything Glorious – A (David Crowder)

Recessional
Say So – C (Israel Houghton)



Processional

Time to Worship – C#m (Joel Klampert)

Gloria
We Praise Your Name – D (Klampert’s )

Praise
O Taste and See – A (Brian and Jenn Johnson)
Everlasting God – A (Brenton Brown)
Majesty *here i am* – A (Martin Smith)

Gospel
Open the Eyes- E (Paul Baloche)

Offering
Offering – E (Paul Baloche) Christmas version
Dwell – (Casey Corum) Alternate song
Doxology

Sanctus
Holy – C (Brenton Brown)

Mystery of Faith
Mystery of Faith 1 – Dm (Klampert)

Communion
Hungry – C (Kathryn Scott)
Holy God – C (Brian Doerksen)

Recessional
Never Let Go – A (Matt Redman)

Below is a guest Review of seminars4worship by a worship leader friend in in the same communion Darren Jones. I will have my personal review up next week now that I’m psuedo back to normal..He writes:

My name is Darren Jones. I serve as a worship leader at Church of the Holy Spirit, Charismatic Episcopal Church in Stephens City, Virginia. I play keyboard and am the lead singer for our worship team. I have been leading worship at Church of the Holy Spirit for a year-and-a-half; before then, I had often helped out by playing either keyboard or piano at various churches since 1992.

Last week I attended a worship seminar in Lancaster Pennsylvania put on by Integrity Media. The seminar was called “Journey to the Heart of Worship.” I found the seminar very helpful in many ways. The group sessions were conducted by Ross Parsley of New Life Church in Colorado Springs; and Don Moen, executive vice-president of Integrity Media. Parsley focused on an exegesis of Isaiah 6 and drew insights from that passage on our role as a worship leader. He emphasized that our ministry is to people and that music is merely the tool that we use to lead them to God. He encouraged us that the sign of a good worship ministry in a church was that people’s lives would be transformed into a Christ-like life. Don Moen offered practical tips and questions that we should ask ourselves as worship leaders, such as “Who is your audience?” and “What do you expect when you come together?” He encouraged us that God is always working in ways we cannot see, and finished by encouraging us not to manipulate emotions, i.e. not to finish in the flesh what began in the spirit. Continue Reading…