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.
Have you ever found your mood altered after exuberantly singing a favorite song? In worship, it’s more than a feeling at work when we’re singing captivating melodies and breathing out words dense with truth. Songs are felt thoughts – and they can literally change us.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2
The music we make, and the worship we lead, compel us to care for the lives we live – together. These three components of effective worship leadership are inseparably bound.
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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