Worshipers such as the Jesus Culture movement, the worshipers coming out of iHOP, Hillsong United, Brooke Fraser, Desperation Band, and others… all these worshipers are on the forefront of worship music right now. They are what God is using to reach His people where they are right now. Songs such as “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan isn’t going to last long, but its message and the drive that it has is what this generation and the church needs to hear right now.
As a worship leader I want to be at the front lines! I love teaching new music on Sundays (we introduce a new song about every 2 months). I love diving into a song with my husband and our band to really listen to what the writer is saying, finding scripture that backs it up and then sharing and teaching what we have learned to the congregation. I love seeing the spark in their eyes when the words begin to really dig into their hearts. And I love seeing the burst of energy they get when the song really hits home for them. This is all part of creating an atmosphere of worship. It’s part of being a worship leader… and I love every minute of it! Praise you Jesus for giving this passion for music!
While I think Baloche's technical tips for bands and instruments/vocals are usually spot on, I often disagree with his music/worship/ministry tips, including the one stated above. Baloche seems to me to have a very limited perspective on things, and although his opinions may work well in certain situations, he tends to convey a belief that his way is the only or best way for most, if not all churches...often, his way is not the best way for my church or many other leaders/churches I consult with.
Just throwing that out there in case anyone reads his celebrity name and is tempted to take everything he says as the gospel truth.
It was fun meeting him, and learning from him, but I wouldn't accept everything ANYONE says as gospel...not even you Nate (but I'd give it a good hard think, cause you are a good friend)
I think that I am probably more edgy and "crest of the wave", than any other worship leader or musician I know that is my age, but what works for Krista at her church will not work for me at mine, and may or may not work for you at yours. We plan and lead for our local bodies, and they DON'T all look the same, feel the same, think the same, or act the same.
A successful worship leader LEADS...he/she doesn't push. A successful worship ministry is INCLUSIVE...not exclusive.
Thats all I'm saying.
Love ONE woman...MANY guitars!