Last month, our worship team training focused on our first value: humility – leading with perspective. This month, we are focusing on #2: credibility – leading with integrity. If the first month focused on who God is, this second month is a focus on who we are as leaders.
Credibility – leading with integrity
Big Idea: If your reputation and character don’t match up, you are a fake.
It was one of those devotional thoughts that ruined me. I can’t forget it. I’ve heard a lot of stuff in my lifetime, but this floored me and stuck with me.
I was listening to Francis Chan in the leader breakout session at a Passion conference when he had us do an exercise. I would love you to do it too.
1. Make a list of the adjectives that people in your church/ministry would use to describe you:
Whatever you list here, that is your reputation.
2. Make a list of the adjectives that God would use to describe you:
Whatever you list here, that is your character.
Now, look back over those two lists. If the two lists don’t match up, you’ve got a problem. If your reputation and character don’t match up, you are a fake.
The first time I heard those words, I was crushed. My reputation I thought was pretty high in people’s eyes, but God, who knows every part of me, could say things very differently.
Sometimes we live two lives. There is the part that God sees, and there is the part that others see. As leaders in a worship ministry, we must strive to have our reputation and character match up. When we lead, we want to lead with integrity. When we lead in worship and declare that God is holy and we ought to lay our lives down to him, can we say that about our own lives?
Before you lead or serve this week in any ministry capacity, ask yourself is there anything in my life that I need to work on? Is there something I display in my public devotion that isn’t present in my private devotion? Lead with credibility. Have a life filled with integrity.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.