Jason Squires

Songwriter, Worship Leader, & StoryTeller

Clothing Optional: A Worship Experience

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

Clothing Optional:  A Worship Experience

I grew up in a world that on Sunday you put on your best clothes and went to church. People didn’t ask questions. Your outward appearance said it all. You always looked extra nice on Sundays.  As I got older and became a worship leader, I carried this model with me. If I was on stage, I had dress shoes and a nice button down shirt. That shirt came from the dry cleaners and was carefully transported to the church so it wasn’t wrinkled. I would setup, run rehearsal, and just before it was time for service to begin I would “finish getting dressed”. Leading worship in shorts was a big no no. The thought of wearing a hat was even crazier. The thing is I could never articulate why I wore my best clothes to church other than this is what I was supposed to do. As I got older and started touring, I found myself having a battle every weekend to make sure that I was looking the part. Going from denomination to denomination, the only difference seemed to be what I wore on Sundays. Sometimes I got it right, and other times I got it very wrong. A worship leader’s job on Sunday is to lead people in worship and get out of the way. Worship leaders (we) have the best job in the world. We get to lead people in worship. It’s the only thing that will happen in eternity. Here’s the thing: in today’s world of social media and smart phones, people can see right through the surface. It’s almost impossible to hide. People are desiring to know you, not the artificial you. People want to be led authentically. Worship leaders, pastors, and other church leaders are elevated on a platform even though we are just like everyone else. Our job is to point people to Jesus from a place of who we are and not what we look like then get out of the way. When people come to church, they aren’t looking at you and me. We are merely pointing. The average person wants to know they have a leader that is real. Our job is more relational and less about performance. Where is the heart of what we are doing? It’s the same argument for whether we need intelligent lighting and fog. If we remove that, will people still worship? We should always strive for...

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A note to the burned out worship leader….

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015

A note to the burned out worship leader….

Dear Leader, I first want to say that I know where you are coming from. This isn’t a letter from a book I read, this is real life. Ministry sounds simple and straight forward.  You come in late, you hang with friends, you drink coffee, and you write a set list every week. In all reality its dirty, time consuming, and puts a toll on your family. The outsider looking in doesn’t see that. How can I ask for help without sounding like I am weak or unable to do my job?  I am here to tell you that you are not alone.  If every leader was to be honest, we all struggle with burnout.  Its a common place.  My wife and I are just at the end of a season of craziness.  We have been spinning several plates trying to keep them all going while also learning how to do life going from 1 to 3 kids in the last year and a half.  I have contemplated quitting things but only realized that it was from a place of burnout and not from a place of seasons changing. Stop, slow down, and step back.  The thing that I have realized is that life will continue when I step back and relax. It will continue to move forward while I recover. Life doesn’t need me to move forward.  I get to be a part of this story.  What story am I writing? Social media has been around and going strong now for about 10 years now. It has become second nature to most to be on your smart phone checking Facebook, posting pictures on Instagram, using Twitter to interact with your favorite TV show.  None of this is bad on its own but it pulls your mind away and doesn’t give you a chance to relax and disconnect. I will be the first to admit that my phone is always in my hand and I am easily distracted but its something that I am working on to be more intentional with my family when I am home.  I was recently at the National Worship Leader Conference in Dallas, TX and Ray Jones said,”Your family is your most important small group.” This has continued to resonate with me realizing that when I go to work tomorrow my work will still be there.  How can I be more intentional when I am home?...

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