- August 14, 2014
- in Leadership
What an honor and privilege to be a part of a healthy worship ministry. We stand before congregations of people week-in and week-out. Our congregants look to us to show them the way to the presence of God. We go before and call down heaven and call people to rise up - asking God for His kingdom to come down to earth. What a honor to be elevated on a platform/stage to use the gifting and abilities God has given us to use for His purposes... Yet there are times when the worship ministry of any church can get distorted and unhealthy due to the perfectionism that comes along with any stage.
Recently I heard an amazing message from Pastor Steven Furtick from Elevation Church—it totally rocked me. In this message, Pastor Steven was talking about removing the veil (specifically in leadership) and the false perception of who we portray to those watching our lives. Pastor Steven was addressing the craze of social media, and how we can portray one thing on our Instagram/Twitter/Facebook accounts and yet it really doesn't represent our lives in reality. Or, you see other people's “highlight reel" of life and instantly feel depressed and jealous as you look at your own life, causing all of us to want to hide what is really going on.
One of the most dangerous things within the worship ministry is the false perception of perfection. There is a difference between worshipping in the midst of our valley seasons versus pretending that we don’t have valley seasons. Something Pastor Furtick was addressing is how once we tear the veil off and be ourselves (as those leading from stage), that's when others can receive healing.
Instead of allowing the enemy to bring comparison, jealously, insecurities, and feeling like you're the only one with issues and struggles, let's tear the veil off and let one another know, "Its ok when we walk through the valley, because God is with us. Through our hardest season and darkest times, God is always with us and He is who He says He is."
Together we stand on His word and use our testimony as a weapon to break off the unhealthy veil of perfection. Yes, we make excellence a priority in our art of worship, but we don’t let a veil of who we aren’t slip over who we are. We are all on this journey together. As worship communities, let's practice and make it a priority to live life raw and open with each other. The loss, addiction, pain, questioning, depression, insecurity, foreclosure, rebellious son or daughter, etc. can be the testimony of breakthrough for many. Even if you are in the middle of your story, don’t walk through it alone - let's kick the enemy in the face. We haven’t made it yet. Our story isn’t finished. But if MY GOD is for me, who can be against me. Let's live life unveiled!
– Tosha Zwanziger
Checkout this amazing series from Pastor Steven Furtick, "Death to Selfie"