We who are regular church-goers all know what we feel about those brave souls who get up and lead from the front. They are called different things depending on your church brand-name (Denomination), group culture or theological flavour:
Service Leader, Worship Leader, Lead Worshipper, Leader or maybe just plain "Dave."
Because our churches have people who put their hand up to lead services, a question arises over this 'in between' role of the corporate worship service leader. They're not a minister, often a muso, and we don't let anyone get up and do it. So how do we know if these people are really 'ready' to lead others in praising God?"
I believe that God has let us in on what he is looking for, through the Bible. Funnily enough, I don't think it comes down to musical ability, good looks, or charisma!
I've summarised it here as a “6 Point Profile” of a mature worshipper. I believe the worship leader will demonstrate the following characteristics in their lives:
• Worship God for who He is
• Worship God for what He’s done in their life
• Thank God daily for Who he is & What He’s done
• Are Not ashamed for others to know they love God
• Give God credit for all they are and have
• Worship with other believers each week (as a general pattern)
Ask yourself not what you like, or who you prefer to lead you on a Sunday night. Simply pause and reflect - do these characteristics seem to me to the right ones for the job?
If so, pick your worship leaders carefully, then let 'em do their job.
If God loves us despite our sin, why did Jesus have to die?