a quote….

“If leading worship is just about bringing a group of people into a room so we can get goosebumps and sing songs together, there’s not much value in that. But if leading worship is a means to an end, that we leave this place as a different kind of people, as part of a new humanity that God wants to create – the people that are caring for the widows and orphans, that aren’t bound by the systems of this world but becoming free, becoming fully engaged in our world – then that matters.” Michael Gungor



  1. Quotes like this are inspiring and hard to argue with. Yet, to me, it seems like the pendulum just swung the other way. I have no interest in worship that is focused on personal gratification (goose bumps)or a worship that is deemed meaningful only by the changes in my behavior. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional goose bump and if we are truly worshiping the living God and beholding Him then we will certainly be changed and our character will reflect more and more of Jesus Christ. But Gungor uses the words “means to an end,” that end being that we are different. This sets the bar way to low. We worship to give God the praise and adoration which he deserves. He is worthy of our focused attention and exaltation. The side benefits are the times of glory when we are aware of His presence in over-whelming ways and the certain effects of beholding Him on our character – but the ultimate end is God Himself. I’m sure this could sound a bit petty but I do think there is an important distinction here. God remains worthy of my song, my prayer, my words of praise, my feeble raised hands regardless of how it does or does not make me feel and He is worthy of it all regardless of whether or not I leave ready to change the world or simply content to have been with Him. Of course we want to be His hands and feet in this world but it’s because of the dynamic of the Spirit’s activity in us at all times, not just in worship. In worship I come away from the world, my works, even my ministry to simply adore the one who is Worthy. Being with Him in worship is an acceptable “end” in itself. Just a ramble…

    1. hey Jeff, i agree, worship is “the end”, but that’s not how i looked at the quote as an ultimatum or a “means to an end”. my thought was that if we come into a worship encounter with God and do not leave changed, then it was not about Him. He calls us to do something in response to Him. that’s why i posted it. you are right that God is worthy of our praise. thanks for the comment.

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