But the important things haven’t changed.

This book is about the important things.

WHAT REALLY MATTERS?

Maybe you’re just getting started as a worship leader or think God wants you to be one. Perhaps you’ve been in music ministry for decades and are feeling a little weary. You might be part of a music team or a worship planning committee. Maybe you’re a pastor and want to understand more clearly what worship is supposed to look like in your church. Or it could be you’re the kind of person who wants to get your hands on anything that feeds your love for God.

Whatever your situation, I want to help you avoid going through what I described at the beginning of this chapter—when I stepped up to lead worship, and it all seemed empty, dry, and pointless. It isn’t.

But the Lord graciously reminded me, “That’s exactly what it would be like without me—pointless.”

Worship matters. It matters to God because he is the one ultimately worthy of all worship. It matters to us because worshiping God is the reason for which we were created. And it matters to every worship leader, because we have no greater privilege than leading others to encounter the greatness of God. That’s why it’s so important to think carefully about what we do and why we do it.

Discovering what matters in worship is a journey I’ve been on for thirty years, and one I’ll be on for the rest of my life. I’m glad you’ve joined me.

And if you don’t feel adequate for the task ... you’re in the perfect place for God to use you.



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