What The Tonight Show Can Teach Us About Church Leadership

One of my favorite things about leading worship is interacting with the senior pastor during the service.  Too many churches are uptight.  Why do we take ourselves so seriously?  Have a little fun already.

Yes, I am the one you hear laughing out loud in the middle of a quiet church service.  Guilty.  Proud of it.  I enjoy laughing.

Today my senior pastor sent me a text after the service:

Thank you, again, for laughing at my jokes.

I have even been known to punctuate funny comments in the announcements with a chord or two on the piano, a lá The Tonight Show Band.  It adds a bit of levity and humanity to the service that otherwise would be lacking.

I am all for being reverent, but this kind of interaction between the leadership demonstrates an ease and acceptance with each other that is welcoming and unassuming to the visitor.  If you would like a church that always puts on a staid church face, please visit the church down the road.  They would love to have you (of course, they will let you know that with a very straight face).

Let’s show the same relaxed grace with others that Jesus showed.

How do you have fun and make visitors feel welcome in your services?

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