Week 2 in the worship leader’s house finds our housemates getting settled and finding their feet. Each beginning to relax in each other’s presence with a modicum of trust developing as the different personalities expresses themselves in their own way.
This week I want to introduce you to performing Pam! She’s full of life with lots of charisma which some find attractive whilst others just “don’t get her”
As a worship leader there is nothing wrong with having a performance background! Shock horror did I just say that? The thing is we all come to Jesus from varying backgrounds. I, myself was called into ministry at the tender age of 18 I didn’t however know it as I had yet to meet The One who was calling me!
My training in vocals and stage has helped me in so many ways. It’s given me confidence to be able to communicate from a platform, to be able to look at people to assess where they are in their worship journey etc without feeling self-conscious. Just as some preachers get into a pulpit and change from a quiet spoken person to a passionate sometimes yelling in their fervour man or woman of God so we as worship leaders will put on a coat of leadership that draws from our background and experience!
Don’t get me wrong it’s not about being fake but it is all about being ourselves. I am passionate when I lead worship. I cannot hold back. I have to give it everything I have. My voice is strong… This could be misunderstood as being too performancy (is that a word?) But, it’s who I am. To deny that is to crush what and who God has called me to be.
The bible tells us not to hide our light under a bushel nor to bury the talents we’ve been given.
Now I’m not suggesting for one minute that we should perform on a platform either! It isn’t a place where we show off our talent because we see ourselves as the next best thing on X Factor. Neither do we have a right to be on it just because we have a gift. It’s a place of privilege, honour and responsibility that should never be taken lightly or for granted. Nor am I suggesting that we shouldn’t have sensitivity to what is going on in the people and the meeting and even more importantly what the Holy Spirit wants to do.
It’s easy to look at performing Pam and write her off as being over confident when all she’s done is to accept who she is in Christ and lead out of her confidence in Him.
Each and every one of us has an anointing that is poured out on us by God Himself. He determines our call, our role, and the outworking. I have found walking in His rhythm and agreeing with Him brings an amazing freedom to minister and see the kingdom of God advance as He extends His mighty arm in power! Now that’s the best place to minister from!