Worship Leaders, how do we know whether or not we're being effective while leading praise and worship? In other words, how do we quantify the effectiveness of our worship?
Being honest, there are two main reasons why we worship leaders riff, run, hoop and holler, skip, jump, and hit high notes during praise and worship:
#1: We do this either because we're inspired by the presence of God, so we're outwardly reacting to our thoughts of what He's impressing in our hearts.
#2: We're outwardly displaying vocal, verbal or physical expressions that are (not so much reactions to God's presence but) actions that we're trying to use to help us GET into His presence.
Therefore, we shouldn't rely on the reactions of the audience for us to discern whether or not "God Spirit is present." The average person in the congregation isn't there measuring whether or not the worship leader's 'excitement' is a reaction to God's presence or a vehicle being used to get into it. (WHAT IF they're reacting to the high notes we sing in the flesh, the same way they react to the high notes we sing in the Spirit - Lol.)
It is a part of our assignment to be able to discern God's presence for ourselves. Let us not measure our effectiveness by the reactions of the people, but by the standard God has set before us. Man looks at the outer appearance, but God looks at the heart. When we lead worship, we are standing in front of a great audience, but God is the Guest of Honor/The Owner of the House. Whenever we press into impressing God, there will be a difference in the atmosphere that is being set through our worship.