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What is worship?

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A youth worker in Minnesota asked me to share my definition of worship with her as part of a lesson she’s preparing for her youth group. I thought it’d be fun to post my response to her (with her permission) for a couple of reasons.

  1. I hadn’t thought about it like this before.
  2. I like it when people call me a heretic.

What is worship?

I think the English word for worship is limiting versus what God asks of us. So I break up the act of worship into a bunch different categories. (Not limited to this list)

  • We come together to worship God in community.
  • We spend time in prayer, fasting, song, reading of Scripture individually.
  • Our work is worship.
  • Our attitude is worship.
  • When I give my talents and treasure to God, that is an act of worship.
  • When I journal, that is worship.
  • When I am alone with my wife, that is worship.
  • Everything I do… I can do as worship of God.

Now, how do I define worship? Worship is any intentional human actions which bring glory and honor to God.

What do you think? Is the intention what makes an act worship? Or have I overstated what worship can be?

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Church Leadership

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, But

I’m always amazed how little leading most leaders actually do.

If a leader takes someone where they would otherwise not go on their own— the fact is that most people we label as leaders are just people who talk about leading. On a good day they are administrators. On an average day, they are do-nothings with leadership titles. On a bad day, they are busy saying they are leading while they aren’t actually leading.

Nobody cares how you intend to lead.

When you are a leader you are measured by your results, not your intentions.

Go through your own list of your favorite leaders. They all have great actions tied to their words we quote.

Leaders have a responsibility to lead. They need to say the words that move people. They need to prepare people to go somewhere or do something they are afraid of.

Then they need to take their people there.

Call yourself a leader?

No more excuses. No more coulda done this. Or second-guessing woulda done that. We’ve all failed, but dwelling on the shoulda just makes you sound like a loser.

No more talk. Time for action.