This tweet from my worship pastor hero, Paul Baloche, really helped me put into words what I've been thinking about for quite a while.
Authenticity > Being "Cool"
Don't sacrifice being authentic in an attempt to be cool. The world needs worship leaders who are less concerned about being cool, and extremely concerned about being true to the leader God has called them to be. People can tell when you're not being true to yourself, and it robs you and your entire church of leading the way God designed you to lead.
This is something I've been challenging my team at Vertical Church to do every time they step on the stage. I'm not asking them to act a certain way... or dress in all black every Sunday (even though I do). I don't ever want them to be someone onstage and someone else offstage.
It all comes back to two things. Remembering + Responding.
My friend and mentor, Todd Fields, taught me this and it's something I'll never forget. Remember what Christ has done for you, and respond with joy and thanksgiving. EVERY SINGLE TIME WE LEAD WORSHIP. When we do that, it's much easier for us to carry that joy, peace, excitement and authenticity as we lead other to experience Jesus.
None of that requires you to fit into a pair of skinny jeans.
God created YOU to be YOU. Be authentic. Even if it doesn't make you look "cool". There's too much at stake.
Lead well this weekend!