Platform Expression: A Team Devotional to Help Check Your Heart
By Jon Nicol
This week we've been talking about various issues of platform expression. I thought it might be a good time to revisit this post/devotional. One of the tensions we face as lead worshipers is finding that we can find ourselves "worship" differently on and off the platform.
The expression that comes easily to us on the platform may not happen as freely when we're part of the congregation. There's no easy solutions.
I've had this discussion with several different worship teams in my seminars and workshops. Each one has given me greater insight and more perspective into this worship musician "tension." So I'd encourage you to take a moment to give your thoughts and experiences on this topic in the comments. I'd really love to hear from you.
Here's the repost of Heart Check #3:
"I Just Worship Better When I'm On Stage."
Have you ever said or thought this?
Is there something special about being onstage and part of the team?
Is there an “energy” when you’re part of a live band?
Can there be something extremely validating about singing and playing for an “audience.”
With trepidation, my answer is yes, yes and even yes.
There is something special about being onstage. Unfortunately we turn special into privileged and entitled. The latter is the ugliest.
Oh, yeah. When you’re playing/singing with a live band, there’s an intangible dynamic that happens when feeling the music together. But you can get that same “energy” playing in a bar band. Don’t confuse it with true worship.
And yes, validation. When a person is able to use their gifts and talents to edify the church, there’s an affirmation of of those gifts and talents. It’s also validates what he’s worked so hard to achieve. But affirmation and validation are too often used to prop up our self-worth, rather than finding our true worth in Jesus.
Here’s where it turns: since our self-worth is bolstered by the stage, we start to need it. And for those of us who have COAS (center-of-attention syndrome), the stage can be crack-cocaine.
There are a few of you reading/hearing this and thinking, “Seriously? People struggle with this?” If that’s you, my guess is your personality-type doesn’t naturally crave the spotlight. All I can say to you, my friend, is you’re blessed. The rest of us have a lot of heart-work to do each and every week.
Suggested Scriptures to Read: Mt 23:5 – 11; Luke 14:7-11; Proverbs 18:12
- The worship team’s role is unique, or “special,” in that sense of the word. How do we keep “unique” or “special” from turning into “privileged” and “entitled?” What are the long-term dangers for us as individuals and our team if we let the sense of privilege and entitlement go unchecked?
- Do ever find moments when you’re wrapped up in the energy of the live music more than worshiping God? How do you deal with that?
- When you’re not on the platform/stage, do you struggle with feeling like it’s harder to worship? What are some reasons for that? How do we deal with it?
Feel free to suggest your own discussion questions and scriptures in the comment section. We'd love to hear it.
Download a printable copy of Heart Check-Week Three. The printable copy contains a supplemental section that offers some suggestions for dealing with this issue on your team.
This devotional was derived from an article I wrote for WorshipMinistry.com called "Soar On Wings Like Egos, Part 3"
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June 15, 2012Tweet