Worship Leaders | What You See From The Stage

What you see from the stage is everything in worship leadership. And what you see from that stage has everything to do with what you want to see, need to see, or have learned to see.

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When you are on a stage, you have to see the congregation in front of you as infinitely more than an audience or a crowd.

You have to see the Community of Christ, the Body of Christ, and the Bride of Christ in their eyes.

If you don’t, you will disrespect the platform, the role, and the mission of the worship leader.

And if you don’t deeply see yourself as part of the “We” in the room, and posture the music and its execution in that spirit, the Us-Them narrative you communicate from that stage will toxify the environment of worship over time.

What you see from the stage is everything in worship leadership.


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Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

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