The Biggest Wall in Worship
By Jon Nicol
Did a lot of us worship leaders and musicians come from theater backgrounds? The reason I wonder is this: many of us have a tough time breaking the fourth wall.
If you don't know this term, the fourth wall is that imaginary boundary between the actors and the audience - whether on stage on on camera. To "break it" is to acknowledge the audience.
You see where I'm going with this…
There might be a slight acknowledgement of the congregation at the beginning. Or once between songs. Or at the end to tell them to sit.
But once the music starts, forget it. The wall goes up: eyes close, only to open if it's to peek at the music. Or cue the band. Or gaze at the ceiling.
You're not a performer for the passive entertainment of the congregation.
You're a host inviting them in.
A shepherd leading them forward.
A prophet telling them truth.
A friend on a journey.
All that is more effective if you engage.
Break the fourth wall.
Question: How do you intentionally break the fourth wall as you lead worship?
October 24, 2012Tweet