What Is A Worship Leader?
Hey Connection!! I wanted you to hear the heart of Greg Manz who is our worship leader on staff and one of our worship leaders on stage almost every week. When you read this blog you will understand why we have put him in this position and more importantly why God has called him to this position. Enjoy!!
What is a worship leader?
My name is Greg. For those who have no idea who I am, I’m the guy that gets the privilege to lead our church when we sing in worship on Sundays. I’m pumped to be able to share a little with y’all on our pastor’s blog today about what I think a “worship leader” really is. And I’ll go ahead and tell you, it’s not about wearing skinny jeans and v-necks (and contrary to popular belief, that’s not even a prerequisite for the job).
There isn’t much in life that I enjoy as much as the opportunity to lead Connection Church in songs of worship every Sunday. I love getting to use music as a way of expressing my praise and adoration to God. Almost as much, I love seeing the body of Christ joining their voices together as one, in praise of the God who created the entire universe and everything in it.
As I’ve lead worship over the past 10 years, I’ve spent some time studying and praying through what it means to worship and be a “worship leader”. Probably one of the most important things I’ve learned is that if I only view myself as a worship leader based on my role on stage, then I’ve missed the point. Missed it by a long shot.
As much as I love singing songs of praise and worship to God, that is only one small expression of how I am called to exalt him. Romans 12:1 is probably one of the most talked about scriptures in this area, and for good reason. It says “to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” That’s talking about a whole lot more than music! If sacrificing everything I am is supposed to be my act of worship, then obviously just singing a few songs isn’t all there is to it. And if singing a few songs isn’t all there is to worship, then leading some songs from a stage isn’t all there is to “leading worship”.
That’s where I think every one of us who claims the name of Jesus shares a common calling on our lives; a calling to be a worship leader. It’s not about playing an instrument or singing a song. It’s about a life style that demonstrates worship; a lifestyle that is about pleasing God, not ourselves. As Brandon said last Sunday, worship is simply giving our devotion to something. Worshiping God is about giving Him our full devotion, not just some songs.
So, how do we lead worship? I’ve always been a firm believer that the best way to lead is by example, and I think it is a biblical way to lead. In John 13:15, after Jesus lowers himself to the place of a servant and washes his disciples feet, he says, “I have set for you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” Jesus didn’t just tell them what to do, he led the way by doing it himself first. Again in Titus 2:7 its says to the older generation, “In everything set an example by doing what is good.” In 1 Timothy 4:12 it says to the younger generation, “Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” No matter how old or young we are, we are all instructed to set the example. We’re supposed to lead the way by what we do.
That’s what being a worship leader is all about: setting the example and leading the way in a life devoted to God.