So, I was encouraging one of our vocalists last night after practice to work on making more eye contact when on stage, especially when leading a song vocally. I personally have to consciously remember to look up from my music or to open my eyes and make that eye contact with the people I'm leading because like most (including the vocalists I was talking with), my natural tendency is to zone into my own experience and what's happening on stage (there's a lot to think about when you're the front-man) and ignore what the congregation is experiencing.
Two questions for discussion:
1) Why is it important to make a connection with the congregation, particularly with your eyes?
2) When do you feel it is important to make that connection, and when do you feel it is OK to step back and focus on other things or to close your eyes?
What do you think?