“He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease” – John 3:30
My favourite worship leader is Matt Maher. Among the many reasons why (in no particular order): he’s a brilliant musician, he’s an intelligent writer and storyteller, he has a profound understanding of church, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s Catholic, he’s Canadian, he’s been a long-time friend to both the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to me, and we’re the same age.
Among his many endearing and inspiring qualities is his humility. He always ensures that the worship is about Him and not him. I’ve seen him leading 18,000 youth in spirited praise only to quietly walk off the stage without fanfare so as to not interrupt the worship. Matt doesn’t need the adulation…and when he does receive it he is quick to direct it all to God.
Matt literally and figuratively becomes invisible when he leads worship. And it’s a beautiful thing.
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Through my work in youth ministry, it’s become evident to me that the churches that have the strongest youth ministries are generally the ones that do the best relational ministry. As I’ve written about before, youth ministry is about people and not programs; we need to be interested in souls and not in attendance.
And most importantly: young people won’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.
I learned this the hard way back in 1999 when I was discerning a move to Lindenhurst, New York (on the southern shore of Long Island) to become the parish youth minister at a Catholic Church. On one of my recruitment trips to Lindenhurst I joined the parish youth group on their annual trip to a Young Life camp in New York.
Continue reading Earning the Right to be Heard