I have been a church musician for about 18 years now. I have played in front of ten people and I have played in front of ten thousand people. God has blessed me with great opportunity to serve his people through playing guitar. Which I am eternally grateful.Over the years I have seen in myself and other church musicians either a rock star mentality that lacks humility or a phoniness where you look the part of a “worship leader”, “worship guitarist” or “worship musician” (i.e. eyes closed, head back, suitable hip yet not revealing attire, etc.) and yet your heart is far from God. Does this last sentence mean that I think all church musicians that have their eyes closed have hearts far from God? No not at all. But I have been around enough church musicians who do look and act the part on stage but when they speak they confess their hearts are from God or they live lives that are far from giving glory to God.Let me be blunt it is stupid to raise your hands, close your eyes and look like you are worshiping God when you are leading people in God’s praise if your heart is far from him. I don’t really care if you close your eyes or raise your hands that is not my point. My point is the emotion that you are displaying when you lead God’s people in song has to come from your emotional connectedness to God and not because you saw some worship person act like that on a YouTube clip.Church musician, the biggest gift you can give your church is not your hip clothes that give you that cool “I want you to think I have got bad hygiene but I really don’t” look if you are a guy. Or that “sweet kind of sexy but very wholesome” look if you are a girl. The biggest gift you can give to your church is not whether you are raising your hands or not. Or whether you look like you are in touch with God when you sing.No, the biggest gift you can give to your church is a passionate love for Jesus and a life committed to his glory. If you live in that way it won’t matter if you have the clothes or the right vibe because you will be giving people the kind of leader they need one that is passionate about Jesus looking great and one that is not concerned with how they look.You may also like:
If you go to a number of different churches you will experience that each church has a different vibe.
Some have the vibe of a rock concert, others have the vibe of a 16th century church service, other churches will have a mystical vibe, some churches people are seated on couches and the list could go on.
So many things that we could list change the vibe of a service. Whether it be location, lighting, music, what people wear etc. All these things change the vibe.
But if we focus on these things and we think if we get these right we will have a great vibe to our service we will be completely unbiblical.
The other day I did a blog called A biblical theology if vibe. In it we saw that God is loving and holy and we want the vibe of our churches to reflect these attributes.
With that in mind what kind of music we have in church or what I wear in church is, to a certain extent, peripheral.
What we need to be going for is a loving vibe, one where people have the space to reflect on the holiness and love of God.
A person going away feeling loved and knowing that God is holy and loving is far more important and impactful than if we have a great artificial vibe.
This vibe is all about people and Gods word not about fashion.
This vibe is about letting the gospel permeate every aspect of what we do and being intentional about that.
This is the vibe we want
But can we get this vibe?
How can we encourage our churches to be a church which has this vibe?
- Get your look together.- If you are a guy you need to look a bit like Brian McFadden. You know the look, clean enough that your girlfriends mum approves but dishevelled enough to let everyone know you are legit. If you are a girl put on so much foundation that your face literally shines and wear clothes that look like you just shopped at Jeans West but make sure you wear a long sleeved t-shirt under that top to make sure you nail that sexy and yet pure look that is in nowadays.
- Get your stage presence right. – If you are the worship leader when you are not singing in the fast songs make sure you jump around and yell really thoughtful stuff like “lets get our praise on!” cause you know that what Jesus would have done if he lead worship. On the slow songs make sure you close your eyes and lift one hand to the sky. That’s right stop playing your guitar and lift one hand to heaven(We can’t hear your guitar out the front anyway because the sound guy knows your guitar is only there for show and has silenced it. Why do you think there are seven other guitars on stage?). If you are a backup singer sing off mike alot but when you do this make sure you have your eyes closed for slow songs and for fast songs jump around like you are the second coming of Kriss Kross. Also punch the air to emphasize words because the words are so meaningful and scriptural.
- If you are going to write a new song, forget about theology. Who needs it anyway? Theology just divides and anyway didn’t God say somewhere that knowledge puffs up and like you know Christians shouldn’t wanna be puffed up? Just write something really catchy tunes using only G, D Em and C chords (if you want to transpose these chords just use I, V, VI, IV chords of any key).
- Remember it is all about having a great time. You are the worship leader, if people go away with smile on their faces you have done your job perfectly. So if that happens give yourself a pat on the back, cause you deserve it. Because in the end it is all about you right?
Disclaimer: This blog was written after watching some bad contemporary worship on YouTube.