By Lauren Luckey (Worship Associate)
For the sake of better understanding a worship leader’s responsibility, I think it’s helpful to start by contrasting the words ‘stage’ and ‘platform’ (definitions from Merriam-Webster):
When it comes to leading worship, perspective matters! Worship leaders do not stand on stages as if they are the center of attention. Worship leaders stand on platforms for the purpose of publically declaring the glory of God.
I don’t remember much about my kindergarten graduation, but one memory I vividly recall is impersonating Elvis Presley for my ‘talent.’ Like most children, I had an active imagination and common household objects could quickly turn into microphones and stages. The truth is, everyone has an innate desire to be the center of attention.
The question then becomes, how do worship leaders center attention on God and honor the platform they’ve been given? Worship leaders honor the platform by understanding their influence is directly related to the life they lead off the platform. When worship leaders recognize the opportunity they’ve been given to bring God glory publically on the platform they become committed to honoring Him privately off the platform by living humble, godly lives.
The question then becomes, how do worship leaders center attention on God and honor the platform they’ve been given?
Here are 3 ways I try to “honor the platform”:
Worship leader, those you lead are watching to see if the words you sing on Sunday match how you live every day. Your life will validate one of two things: God is the center of attention...or you are.
Honor God by honoring the platform you’ve been given.
Your life will validate one of two things: God is the center of attention or you are. Honor God by honoring the platform you’ve been given.