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Posted on Apr 21, 2014 in Leadership, Resources, Worship Ministry | 1 comment

Your Team’s Outward Expression Does Matter!

n a posting titled Why I Ask My Team to Be a Little Disingenuous, I managed to stir up a little bit of controversy amongst worship leaders over whether we should encourage our teams to work on their outward expressions of worship. Many feel this matter is between the team member and God and that anything “contrived” would be disingenuous. While I understand and can identify with that concern, I will continue to argue that the job of worship leaders is to lead people in every way possible to worship our God!


I recently ran across a great article that I immediately shared with my team. I love discovering supporting evidence to back up what I’ve been coaching them on for years!

Perhaps this article could serve the same purpose for you. Or maybe you’ve never talked with your team about their outward expression and this article could serve as a jumping-off point for you to begin the conversation.

Friends, the importance of body language cannot be overstated and–as worship leaders–we can’t afford to neglect it anymore than preachers and speakers can. I hope this article proves a worthwhile resource for you:

Once you’ve read it, are you surprised by the studies findings? Do you agree it has bearing on our role as worship leaders?


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1 Comment

  1. This is an area of the worship experience that will be debated and argued, ad nauseam, I’m afraid. I didn’t grow up in church and the handful of times we attended was at a traditional church where it was very somber & subdued, as I recall. When I was born-again at 35 yrs old, I was soon invited to a small (approx. 150 members) Pentecostal/Charismatic church and it was so refreshing to see the expressions of joy that are typical within the charismatic church. It didn’t seem weird to me, but genuine. I understand that people are different (introverts, extroverts, etc). I am a person who wears my emotions on my sleeve and that carries over during worship. I do wonder sometimes if I am being a distraction, but I will not apologize for my passion. We are communicators and the joy I have will be communicated through smiles, eye contact, laughter, tears, energy, & enthusiasm, as I worship the King of kings and Lord of lords. Look up the 7 Hebrew words for praise found throughout the Psalms. 1. Halal (Ps 113:1-3), Ps 150:1, Ps 149:3) root word for praise. It means to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish. 2. Yadah (2Chr 8:14, Ezra 3:10, Ps 22:22, Ps 63:5, Ps 69:30) meaning, “the extended hand, to throw out the hand, therefore to worship with extended hand.”. 3. Towdah (Ps 50:14, Ps 50:23) literally means, “an extension of the hand in adoration, avowal, or acceptance.” 4. Shabach (Ps 47:1, Ps 145:4) means, “to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph.” 5. Barak (Ps 95:6, 1Chr 29:20, Ps 34:1) means “to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.” 6. Zamar (Ps 21:13, 1Chr 16:9, Ps 57:8-9, Ps 66:2-4) means “to pluck the strings of an instrument, to sing, to praise; a musical word which is largely involved with joyful expressions of music with musical instruments. 7. Tehilla (Ps 22:3, Ps 33:1, Isa 61:3, Ps 34:1) is derived from the word halal and means “the singing of halals, to sing or to laud; perceived to involve music, especially singing; hymns of the Spirit.

    I decided long ago to stop cheering like a banshee at sporting events for athletes who could care a less about me and will instead unashamedly bestow all my praise onto my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who saved my soul from eternal damnation. Too heavy, too much?

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