One of my favorite things about being a member at Apex is the worship before each gathering. I’ve always envied people who can stand in front of large crowds, or even small ones, and sing effortlessly. Since coming to Apex that feeling has grown into feeling envious of people being able to sing about our King and not burst into tears in front of said crowd.
I’ve often made the mistake of viewing our worship leaders in the same light as celebrities; famous for the voices and talent, somehow “better” at this whole living life as a believer thing.
Kelcey and Daniel met while leading worship in college. “It’s always been a part of our relationship,” says Kelcey. They moved from Blacksburg, Virginia to Dayton so that Daniel could pursue a job with Sparkbox. Both friends at his work and from Virginia recommended Apex. They began attending Apex last August and decided to audition for the worship team in November. “We both felt called to try-out; we love serving together in this way; it is, after all, how we met,” explains Daniel.
They both were asked to join teams. When you join a worship team, it is a year-long commitment. “When we first starting attending Apex, I felt intimidated,” admits Kelcey. “It is a large church, but the Lord is very faithful; He opened many doors through the worship team for friendships.”
When I asked them what some of their favorite parts about being a part of the worship team were they were quick to have answers. “I really enjoy learning others’ perspectives on worship,” says Kelcey. “Everyone has thoughts. You get a glimpse into where people are in their season through the songs; it both allows and enforces us to be intentional about the lyrics we are singing.”
It was at this point in the conversation that Daniel mentioned that he was helping lead worship at the Xenia campus and I asked when he would be “performing.” “I’ll be helping lead worship, not performing,” he kindly corrected me. You see, Kelcey and Daniel are quite serious about the difference between leading people to a place of worship – they do not consider it a performance. “Part of leading worship is learning to be humble as you’re working through what the Lord wants to accomplish through you leading vocally,” says Kelcey. It’s not a show for people to watch you perform; it’s an open, transparent space to get to know people and, ultimately, form friendships.
The Flynn’s have been leading worship together most of their relationship and agree that it always comes down to simple matters – bringing people together that love the same things and it will glorify God; they love seeing how the Lord softens your heart in worship and through “My job is to lead and sing to the Lord well and he has the work after that,” explains Kelcey. “If we are worshipping well, He will reveal the actual states of our hearts through the music we are singing and playing.”
I walked into the conversation with the Flynn’s under a misguided assumption that the talented leaders on stage each weekend at the gathering had this whole faith thing down pat; I left feeling convicted over my assumptions and deeply humbled by the humility they each displayed. Each of us, whether we are leading singing each weekend, writing stories for a blog, or faithfully attending gatherings to draw nearer to Him, are helping the Lord create an atmosphere to bring Him the glory.
Author: Steph Duff
Photographer: Hilary Tebo