Sing Unto the Lord


A worship leader is…
May 13, 2008, 11:43 am
Filed under: Thinking Music

Hey all.

I’m half way through reading Worship Matters: Leading others to encounter the greatness of God, by Bob Kauflin. I’m finding it good. It’s light, but there’s heaps of bits that I’d love my team to read. Particularly there is a good chapter on reading theology and one on skill that’s tight and to the point. In one section he speaks of the discussion on using the term ‘Worship Leader’ when speaking of the one who is leading the singing/response time of a meeting. He quotes Dr. Carson as saying we should get rid of the term altogether because of the unhelpful connotation it gives that only the music is worship or that worship is led by the best guitarist, rather than Jesus. He gives cred to that view and he says that he generally uses other terms to speak of this role like: Music Minister, Worship Pastor, Service leader or ‘The music guy’. He then says…

While I agree with Dr. Carson‘s perspective, I don’t think we have to lose the term ‘Worship Leader”. It succinctly communicates that our goal is to lead others in praising God. But neither should we exaggerate the significance of the phrase or attach biblical authority to it.

I don’t like the term because of the baggage it carries but I do like his emphasis in leading people in praise. I think that the person who is ‘the music guy’ should think more intentionally about his role. He is the one who is leading people to see Jesus more and be affected by him. He doesn’t just play a few popular tunes, there is an opportunity there for him to lead.

Bob then gives his job description for a ‘Worship Leader’ which I think is the best one I have read.

A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining God’s Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory.

Whatever you call the guy, do him a favour and buy him this book. It’s mad.

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Sweet man.
Have some big probs using the term “worship leader” but need to remember not to over-react and forget the important ‘leading’ aspect

Comment by jpj

speaking to a friend from a Pentecostal church – his definition was very dangerous… he said (and i think this is a common line) that the worship leader leads you into the presence of God through worship!!

Jesus is my worship leader

Comment by Dave Miers




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