(Originally Published in Worship Leader Magazine Vol 28 No 2)
Without fail, nearly every song deemed a “Christian” song is assigned a label. CCM, worship, hymn, rock, crossover, the list could go on…
With the same frequency, many Christian gatherings—church services, prayer services, revivals, concerts, rallies, etc.—are neatly broken into sections, with “worship” demarcated and bookended with songs.
And yet, after over fifteen years of work in the Christian music industry, 98% of artists and worship leaders will assert that worship is a lifestyle.
I think most of us would agree with that sentiment. Our lives should be wholly pleasing to God. After all, Romans 12:1 could not be more explicit about what is considered to be authentic worship: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
It’s a familiar verse. It’s an understood concept. But its practical implications require action on our behalf that may or may not fit into our current schedules. This verse calls us all to live sacrificially; as leaders, we must learn to lead sacrificially.
In my experience, the easiest way to learn anything is to observe a master at work. What does he or she do to finesse the project and achieve the objective?
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