In his book Everyday a Friday, Joel Osteen shares about how, when he was in charge of producing his father’s TV broadcasts, he would sometimes turn off the sound to see what the guest preacher was communicating through his countenance.
I like that idea. I wonder how many worship leaders (if they were muted) would have a countenance that draws people in; that is inviting.
One day, I will try this on myself. I’ve already had a couple of still photos taken of me, and I think I often look like I’m grimacing.
As worship leaders, our on-stage “performance” (whether you like that word or not) is an important element of what we do.
The next question then is whether we can learn to put on the right countenance, even if this means, as Joel Osteen puts it, “we fake it til we make it”.