I must admit, even after being a worship leader for 18 years, it is still a mystery to me, and a weekly challenge, to discover what motivates a congregation (and each member of it) to worship.
Having said that, I recognize that God’s Spirit and the individual’s receptibility to it is a key factor that is completely out of my hands, and it would be arrogance on my part to think otherwise. Yet still I strive, as Paul wrote, “to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” (1 Cor. 10:33). So I pay attention to what style of music causes the hearer to truly open his mouth and sing, to sway or move, and ‘enter in’. I recognize that we are a people of distraction, of noise, and it takes a lot of focus to center ourselves, tune out the clutter, and … Read More