I face giants, and you face giants, every single day. And whether those giants are standing on a battle line within us, or on a battle line outside of us, we can learn from the Scriptures how to handle a foe. When a giant needed to be dealt with, God sent a musician.
The idea of today’s worship leader was born in the 1960s – and it has taken us over half a century to finally figure out what we really need, as the Church, going forward. While the following list is brief, it may form a basis for defining the characteristics of the new worship leader the Church will need toward our coming worship life in the next century.
These ideas are drawn from hundreds of conversations with worship leaders, pastors, and Christians over the past 30 years, as well as from my own learning and experience over those same decades. They are in no particular order, but each represents a subset of other ideas, and a practical list of action steps not represented here.
Last weekend a friend and I were visiting this old church garage sale way out in the country, and found this old page below in a warped box in a corner. It’s from a book called The Good Christian Survival Guide (GCSG). I made some notes on it, as I thought it was so relevant to today. This is out of a chapter called, “Wise Worship Wisdom.”
Crazy find, huh?
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This week my daughter Abigail, age 24, was in a bad car accident in a city hours away from us. I received her call in the morning, while my mind was racing with the day’s work concerns. But the moment I heard the tone of her voice, my world stopped.
Time stops when tragedy occurs in our lives. And the gift of near-tragedy is that it pauses us long enough to realize how precious the time we have been given really is. And for us, thankfully, this was a near-tragedy.
You're a gift to us all – and we want to see you succeed.
I love 20-somethings. All 3 of my children, at the time of this writing, are 20-somethings. Many of my nieces and nephews are 20-somethings. Some of the people I have created with, worked with, and laughed with the most are 20-somethings. Here are my top 20 encouragements to help you succeed in life.