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Core Qualities: Worship Putting God First
By Wendy Witas
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1,2

I believe the word worship is misunderstood and the importance of a pastor's role in leading others to worship is also misunderstood. Worship is not songs that are sung, your offering, or the atmosphere created only once a week. Worship is a heart thing. Therefore a Pastor's role is to point and lead the congregation in every facet possible to the target of worship; which is God.

True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart and mind expressed through a lifestyle reflecting Jesus character and every way we present our body as a vessel of worship. The pastor's roll is to lift up Jesus, his character in every facet of church ministry allowing members that true connection to express their adoration and honor to God. Pastors facilitate the church family to come before the throne of God with no barrier in emotional and mental connection that is fostered personally and individually all week long. Worship is coming before the throne of God with no barrier in emotions or mental connection. It is an expression through the whole life and many times can find a grand culmination to the week when worshiping corporately as a church family.

Wendy Witas is the family, children’s, and worship pastor for the Pacific Union College Church