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Worship Leaders – What Do YOU Think?


In most everything else in life, I want to hear words of encouragement from people based on the things I do.

“Great job! Way to go! You really nailed that!  That (looks, sounds, smells, _______ ) great!”

It isn’t surprising – after all, one of my “love languages” is “Words of Affirmation” so it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that I crave hearing someone tell me I’ve done a great job.

So here is my question…

Why am I so bothered when someone tells me “great job!” or “your worship was AWESOME this morning!” or anything else trully positive about a worship service?

I mean, seriously?  Am I the only one who feels this way?  It is trully hard for me to take a compliment in this area.  I would much rather hear “you really helped me connect to God today” or “I could really feel God’s presence today.”

I am well aware that no one means anything wrong by it…and no one is wrong by offering compliments…but am I the only one who feels a little out of place by hearing them?


Ready? GO!

8 thoughts on “Worship Leaders – What Do YOU Think?”

  1. Gregg says:

    I just hear the "good job" and know that it is for God. If someone carries on and on about something I've done I tend to get annoyed. I agreee, though

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      jasonwhitehorn says:

      Don't get me wrong, Gregg – I don't get annoyed with the people that simply say "good job." It is just an uncomfortable feeling that I find it hard to deal with. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  2. Becky says:

    I do get your point this is why the worship choir and Una is(was) called a worship choir. We always made it apoit to say we are not hear to entertain you , or this is not a concert this is a worship service for God. I hope in the future, that wherever I go that this will be true as well.

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      Jason Whitehorn says:


      Are you no longer at Una? Hope all is well on your end.


      1. Becky says:

        Cant post Jason, feel free to email me at the address below since I cant find you anymore .

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          Jason Whitehorn says:

          Will do. In the meantime….I'll be praying that the situation is in His favor.

  3. Donna says:

    I've been thinking about these things for a looong time. I'm so glad that these questions bother you so that you can seek God's understanding of what he really wants to continue in your heart. I have no problem saying 'Thanks' when people give a compliment. Why? Because I don't have a way to share with them what I really feel. And, they probably don't want to deviate from what they've always known. You might not either, after you read the next couple of paragraphs. 🙂

    I can't find anything in the NT to support current ideas we have about talent and worship (biblical references to gifts have nothing to do with music). Our praise-bandin' ways are as rigid (in form) as the old piano/organ style and pretty much lead to the same way of worshiping by not letting the majority of believer's 'bring a song,' but only participating, theatre style, to another's worship. There is so much more that we are not remotely tapping into when it comes to worshiping corporately.

    My newest questions to myself are "Can we trust the Holy Spirit to work without us thinking that we have to beg to get in God's presence ("I am with you always") or need to provide special ambience with our 'annointed' music in order for people to worship or get saved? How do we teach and/or allow the church to 'bring a song' without being intimidated in the current climate of professional worship leaders and professional formats? What exactly is New Covenant worship supposed to be?" (Go directly to Bible, do not pass Rob Bell or other Christian superstars lol!)

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      Jason Whitehorn says:

      I think I get the gist of what you are saying….though I think it is separate to the feelings I was originally feeling. (If I've lost the whole idea of the connection…please redirect me).

      I would tend to agree with you with regards to a lot of what I am seeing out in the world today. Instead of being "set apart", we are trying too desperately to fit the same mold. We try to emulate someone else (the "superstars" as you put it) instead of emulating Christ.

      I strongly feel that when we start trying to be someone else…when we start trying to emulate someone else's sound or just doing what some other group is doing….then it can become (as you put it) an instance of having a congregation participate, "theater-style, to another's worship".

      God gets tired of it too…

      Just listen to Amos.

      Amos 5:21-24 (The Message)

      21-24"I can't stand your religious meetings.
      I'm fed up with your conferences and conventions.
      I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
      your pretentious slogans and goals.
      I'm sick of your fund-raising schemes,
      your public relations and image making.
      I've had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
      When was the last time you sang to me?
      Do you know what I want?
      I want justice—oceans of it.
      I want fairness—rivers of it.
      That's what I want. That's all I want.

      I can remember the day that FOSTERED my start as a worship leader of today. It was a small rural church in Adamsville, Tennessee. The music minister, at the time, asked if anyone had a song they'd like to come up and sing. There I was…not even a teen…but I shot up like a rocket because I had a song on my heart and a desire to sing it to my God. That hasn't changed.

      We're all "annointed" through Christ. My worship isn't any more "annointed" than the next guys. When I refer to someone "really feeling His presence", it is never because I feel that, without my pompous help – God's presense would be forever absent. Absolutely not. The issue is moreover with this.

      I don't CREATE worship. I never have. I never will. You worship. I worship….and the atheist who lives just around the corner from you worships. The guy sitting up a few pews from you on Sunday was worshiping, too while the service was going on….but he was worshiping his iPhone and the cool application he installed so that he could check his stocks at a moment's notice. The guy up on the stage could have been worshiping his brand new guitar he just bought and how sweet the sound was.

      We are all worshiping SOMETHING. I don't create that. It is my opportunity to help try to direct that worship where it should be. That will forever be what I do.

      Thanks for your words….and thanks, as always, for your input. Assuming I know the "Donna" in question, you always have a great way with putting a great direction with things. Please tell A.U. that I miss seeing him on Thursdays. If I am entirely wrong on "Donna"…then count me off as being off my rocker for the last fifty or so words. (lol)

      God bless ya!

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