“I will come to the level of your expectation.” Those were the words I heard the Lord speak to me as I was on the stage, looking out over the crowd during our Sunday worship. This came during a time that the Lord had been dealing with me concerning the role of the worship leader. He was making a shift in me. Recently, however, a hunger started to rise. I had a burden to understand the role of the worship leader in a dramatically new way. During this study, I had been challenging my team’s perspective. I told them that they are the thermostats for the service. When one thinks of a thermostat, you think of the object in your home that sets the temperature and atmosphere of your house. I encouraged my team that they are the thermostats of our house [Church]. David said in Psalm 69:9, “Passion for Your house has consumed me.” 

Read the rest of Marcus Criner’s thoughtful exploration of worship leader as a thermostat in the 2019 Vol. 2 of Worship Leader magazine here.