|REAL Worship Ministry by Andy Kvernen
We in worship ministries believe that God is honored every bit as much by how we go about our process as He is by what we bring on Sunday mornings. The following acronym describes some core values that we have adopted to help guide our process.
Relationships. The first value says that to do ministry well, we need to value each other. Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-24, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” We need to be right with each other before we can be right with God in worship.
Excellence. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” All we do should be for the glory of God. Whether in private or public, whether in rehearsal or on a Sunday morning, we’re to give God our best with what He has given us.
Authenticity. As worship artists, God has called us to be lead worshipers before being worship leaders. Jesus rebuked the worship leaders of his day saying,“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me (Matthew 15:8).” We desire to do whatever it takes to have our hearts right with the Lord as we lead in worship, to genuinely worship the Lord on Sunday mornings, not simply put on a performance.
Life. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” If we truly profess to love God on Sunday mornings, we will intentionally strive for an obedient and abiding relationship with Christ throughout the week. This doesn’t mean we’re perfect. It does mean we’re allowing the Lord to speak into the everyday parts of our lives, and that those within our spheres of influence experience Christ through us. Romans 12:1 reminds us that we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices and that is our spiritual act of worship.