In leading worship your perspective matters. By perspective, I mean the way that you think about what you say and sing and how you lead.
For instance, if your perspective is that you are supposed to give something you have to people who do not have it, you will come across as an evangelist.
On the other hand, if you try to understand the perspectives of the people coming through the door in order to speak directly to them, you will come across as compassionate.
The next time you lead worship or speak, take a few minutes to think about the people walking through the door. What if that person is a widow? A teenager? A single mom or dad? A downsized worker? A newly divorced person? Will it make a difference in how you speak or lead or not?
Can I suggest that choosing to ignore these details will make those people feel ignored? We often simply think about what we are giving to people rather than about the people to whom we are giving it, and our message can sound aloof and pretentious.
I remember once as a young worship leader saying, “I don’t care if you’ve had a difficult week, this is the time to worship with all you’ve got.” I am grimacing right now just admitting this. Wow. The height of arrogance.
Learn from my mistake. Have a little humility and compassion when you prepare to lead.
How do you need to change your perspective in your preparation for leadership?