Being a worship leader, musician and worshiper is just a part of who I am as a Christian. And just like my walk with Christ, the deeper I get in my role as worship leader, singer, songwriter and worshiper, the more questions I have about all of it. So here are a few things I am wrestling with (some more than others).
- Is the guitar-driven worship model we’ve been seeing in churches for 20 years still relevant and effective? At a time when most pop music is beat-driven and keyboard-driven (not guitar-driven), are we still connecting with the younger generation?
- Have we lost the authenticity of worship and are we now just creating “music”?
- Are we spending too much time and effort creating the perfect worship environment in our churches? Is our focus on the wrong thing? Do we need perfect lighting, large stages, mood setting audio/visual, etc?
- Is it me or does a lot of Sunday corporate worship look a lot more like a Sunday performance?
- Are we building too many worship leader kingdoms? As a worship leader isn’t it my responsibility to raise up more worship leaders? Do we hog the stage?
- Do we bring too many new songs to our congregations?
- Why would a church hire an outside worship leader, one that is not part of the church’s culture, and one that is not connected to the people of that church?
- Are our worship song lyrics too simple? Can we go deeper in 30 minutes?
- Are we missing connections with teens because the dumb-down versions we play of the songs in their iPods sound nothing like the originals?
- How can we be more creative in worship, without overdoing it?
- We want to make songs simple for everyone to sing. Yet, how many classic hymns have 4-5 verses, 500 words and are difficult to learn?
- Is prophetic singing (and playing) authentic, or are we just jamming?
- How many recorded versions of “How Great Is Our God” or “Revelation Song” do we need?
- Can we consolidate some of our “’house of prayer” services? I’m not sure why there are five services every week at five different locations, all within miles of each other. And none of them are well attended.
- Worship music has not really changed much in the last 15 years. Why is that?
I’ve always believed that questions lead to deeper thinking and deeper thinking is a good thing as long as we’re not paralyzed by it. These questions I have don’t get in the way of my calling as a worship leader. In fact I think they make me better at it. What about you? What are you wrestling with?
Over time here in this space I’m going to make attempts to answer these hard questions. I’m not sure of my answers as of now but the tension of these good questions will push me to answer in some way.