Ten Ways to Engage Your Congregation in Worship (Part 2) – Be Yourself
I am sharing ten practical ways to engage your congregation in worship. I have learned these methods through my many wins and losses as a worship leader.
My prayer is that these ten tips will inspire you to grow in your gifts, so that the church will rise up to its boundless, artistic, and powerfully anointed potential!
2. Be Yourself
I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before -- no one is as good at being you as you are. If you think about it, all the great men and women of God throughout church history have been themselves. They have found the unique way that God flows through them and ran with it. The question is -- how do I figure this out? Well, I think we can discover it in two ways.
First, it’s in discovering who God is. It’s kind of like people who are in a search to meet their biological father for the first time. They want to meet him because in a way, they’re on a search to find out who they are -- and one of the ways you figure that out is by finding out who it was that brought you into this world. No one knows you better than the one who made you, and no one is more like you than your maker. You see, we are <em>in part</em> what God is <em>in whole.</em> We are miniature, imperfect representations of our big, perfect God. You will never find yourself until you find Him. You will never know yourself until you know Him. You will never be at peace with yourself until you are at peace with Him. And you will never be secure in your earthly relationships until you find your security in His love for you! All that to say, get to know Him in the most intimate way imaginable.
Pray Ps. 63:1
God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
The second way to discover how God flows through your life is to ask someone who loves you this question: When God is flowing through me in a powerful way, what does that look like?
I remember asking my wife and my pastor this very question. They both told me very different things than what I was expecting they would say about me. In fact, I was kind of mad because the areas that I thought were engaging people were only turning people off. And I was completely ignoring the unique gifts God had entrusted to me. Simply put, my wife and my pastor could see me better than I could see myself. Since that time, I have been working on sharpening my strengths instead of relying on what turned out to be my weaknesses.
To conclude, be yourself when leading people. You will find that your life will bear a lot more fruit with a lot less sweat!
Next week, I’ll discuss how being humble helps engage your congregation in worship.