This post is geared toward anyone who is beginning to lead worship. Or to any worship leader, really, who needs advice on this matter.
The last thing I am is an authority on worship leading. I’ve only been leading worship for three years. I’ve never been solely in charge of a whole worship ministry. My experience is relatively minimal.
However, I know the balance worship leaders need to find between being spiritually sound and musically good. Many worship leaders understand that songs have to be biblically sound and use worshipful language to be used in worship. And many say that playing a song “too well” may distract the congregation. So people look at spirituality and musical complexity as two ends on the same slider: you want to be about in the middle.
But that just isn’t so. The problem of worshipers being distracted isn’t on the side of the musical complexity but the spiritual side. Those who allow themselves to be distracted by how well played a complex song is obviously didn’t show up to worship.
But the biggest problem with that “slider” method of thinking is that it causes many worship teams to embrace mediocrity. “We should be good, but not too good.” That isn’t true at all. Psalm 66:2 says to “make His praise glorious.” Not “make His praise okay.” Could you imagine singing “To Our God” with this modern idea that we can’t use the talent God gave us?
“Make His praise
It’s especially bad since, if we keep the structure of the next line with these new lyrics, it reads as follows:
“For His name
Is just good enough”
That’s basically what we’re saying when we don’t give 100%. It’s either He doesn’t deserve our all or we’re just too worried about those in the congregation who aren’t even in the flow of worship to give it. People came to Jesus when they saw the apostles give their all. God gave us musical talent, every bit that we have, for a reason. He wants us to use it for His glory, not hold it back for anything. Just something to think about.