The motivations of those in church leadership that step on the platform must always be to focus on our Creator. Evan Craft does a great job in this Worship Sound Bite of reminding us where to point any glory we receive from serving within the Body of Christ. When using the gifts God has given you, reflecting the glory back to him is the true purpose and calling of those who lead in the church. Maybe one of the reasons God allows certain worship leaders to have a larger influence is because they have the correct understanding of the role they play while serving the Church from the platform?
– – – > Check out Jenn Johnson from Bethel Music talking about a similar topic in her Worship Sound Bite.
Whether you’re a good communicator, a gifted musician, songwriter, and worship leader, or even an usher, how can you use what you have been given by the Creator to honor him for all he has done for us?
1 Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
2 Why do the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
Your name be glorified, Jesus. Always.
More from Evan Craft
I think it’s a constant battle that the human heart has to not worship the person who is physically there singing the song, who is really, you know, many times the brand, and and- someone tangible. You know, and so, we have to, like as worship leaders, our responsibility is to constantly deflect any glory that might come our way, and to remind people, hey, this is not about us.
Even if, you know, we write great songs or we do something that might help people relate or interact with God and to worship God, I think it’s really important for us to understand, and- that is his glory, number one. And number two, I think it’s really important for us to walk humbly. And I’ve seen that in incredible- my favorite worship leaders that I’ve been able to meet recently, people I’ve looked up to for years. They are the most humble people I’ve met, and they’ve never let the stage get to their head.
It is a- really a process of humility or an act of humility to walk upon that stage and to lead people into worship. And so, that is extremely important when, you know, I’ve been- I was in seminary in 2019, and one of the professors told me that the freshmen walking in when asked what they wanted to do, they wanted to be megachurch pastors.
And that was the, you know, that was a huge indicator that we really need to be focusing in on the new generation of pastors and worship leaders, that it’s great that God might give you a platform and might give you an audience, but the goal is, is not that the goal is not to have this massive reach. The goal is to lift up Christ in front of as many people as you can.
But even if it is one or two people, that there’s still, you know, it’s still incredibly deep value in that.
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An artist doesn’t have to be born into a community to be embraced by its people. Just ask Evan Craft. Passion, authenticity and anointing are the barrier-breaking qualities that have allowed a non-Hispanic man to become one of the most successful artists in Latin music today. Craft’s recent single, Be Alright, rose to #1 on the charts after rocketing into the top 20 in just three weeks. After releasing Desesperado earlier this year, Evan now shares a full-length worship project in both English (Holy Ground) and Spanish (Tierra Santa).