One of the main struggles you will face as a worship team leader or member is being up on the stage for the right reasons. You will constantly have to check your heart to see what your motivation is for being on a worship team. If your motivation is to showcase your talents and receive praise from the people in your congregation, you are a performer, not a worship leader.

Key Points

  • We need to continually examine ourselves and make sure our motivation is to lead worship and not to merely perform.
  • There will always be an element to performing when it comes to getting up on a stage and playing an instrument.
  • A certain amount of performance is required in worship leading.
  • The difference between performing and worship leading comes back to the posture of your heart.
  • It is better “felt than telt” as to whether your heart is in the right place, because from the outside it can look the same.
  • Cultivate your heart and your skill.
  • Play and sing with a passion for God. It will resonate with your congregation.
  • Make God your audience, not people.
  • We don’t want to project a “bummed out” sort of attitude, but we should be ourselves and worship the Lord with gladness.
  • Take time during the week to minister and worship the Lord by yourself or with a small group of people at your church.
  • The service is where you do publicly what you have been doing privately throughout the week.
  • Above all, be an authentic worshipper of God.

[Related: Are You Ready to Join a Worship Team?]

[Related: Worship Team Training]

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. How often do you take time to examine your motivation for doing things? What does this look like for you?
  4. What do you think of when your hear the word “performance?”
  5. Do you agree with Paul that there needs to be an element of performance in worship? Why or why not?
  6. How do you know when you are leading worship as opposed to performing? Explain.
  7. Read Proverbs 16:3. What does it look like to “commit your actions to the Lord?”
  8. Read Psalm 115:1. How will meditating on verses like this help you to lead worship?
  9. What are some things you are passionate about? Why is passion important to have as a member of a worship team?
  10. Read Psalm 100:2. Do you feel that you can worship with gladness and joy without smiling? Explain.
  11. Why is it important to worship God through music during your week?
  12. On a scale of 1-10, how important is authenticity in worship? Using the same scale, how would you rate your level of authenticity while you are on the stage? Name some ways that you can grow in your authenticity.
  13. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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