Posts Tagged ‘Church Leadership’

Song Leader, Lead Worshipper, Music Minister, Worship Arts Director, Worship Leader, Worship Pastor…  These are just a few of the titles given to the person that leads songs on a Sunday morning in local churches.  The title is usually given based on the denomination of the church or the culture of that church.  Each of these titles are good but I have a feeling that each one says something a little different about how the position is viewed or rather what is required of the individual in that position.

I am doing a little research and I would love to hear from you!  Worship Leaders/Pastors, I would love to hear from you.  What is your job description?  What do you feel like your main responsibility is?  How do you see yourself changing as you serve in the local church?  Senior Pastors, I would love to hear from you as well.  What are you looking for in the person that leads the songs in your church?  What do you feel like the greatest challenge for them is?  I would also like to hear from local church people.  What do you want from your worship leader?  Is leading songs enough?

I am not looking for a right answer or a wrong answer.  I am looking for YOUR answer.  I want to hear thoughts and opinions and I want my own view to be broader.  Thank you so much for your participation.

I have been playing on worship teams since 1993.  That equals a lot of Christmas seasons and lots of Christmas Carols done in many, many ways.  Over the years I have had conversations with several worship leaders about playing Christmas songs in contemporary worship settings and most of those conversations have not been positive.  It seems  that a lot of worship leaders have a hard time translating some of these old, traditional songs into contemporary versions that fit with full band worship music.  I am not saying that all carols should be turned into rock songs.  There is a lot of power in doing the songs in the way that they were written.  What I am saying is that you can only play “Joy To The World” as a bad blues song so many times before you never ever want to hear it again.  That is the moment that Christmas Music becomes no fun for Worship Leaders.

I LOVE Christmas and I LOVE Christmas music.  As a worship leader, it is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the challenge of keeping Christmas Carols fresh.  I love the challenge of helping people to engage in true worship with these songs and not just singing them to sing them.  The lyrics are so powerful and well written.  These are incredible WORSHIP songs, not just feel good seasonal favorites.

So, what is the point?  My point is to encourage leaders to accept the challenge that comes with the season.  This is actually a great opportunity for us.  Usually we can only introduce about one new song a month. This time of year all the rules change.  You don’t have to do all of the normal songs that you do, you can play songs that you haven’t played in a year.  You can do a brand new version of “Angels we have heard on high” and treat it as a brand new song, yet everyone already knows the lyrics and the melody.  This is like a Christmas present for worship leaders… Oh, wait, IT IS CHRISTMAS.

There are lots of new resources available to us.  Chris Tomlin’s “Glory in the Highest” is a fantastic new record with lots of classics and some wonderful new congregational worship songs.  Bebo Norman also has a great Christmas record.  He has redone “Angels from the realms of Glory” and titled it “Come and Worship”.  This has got to be my favorite Christmas song and favorite to lead.  Let’s remember that this is a season to truly worship God and what he has done.  Let’s keep that spirit of worship fresh in our Christmas music.

What are your thoughts?
(The picture is just because I thought it was funny.)

BOBBY

I have recently finished reading Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.  Several wonderful points were made in this book and it is a great read for any church leader looking for biblically sound thoughts on the church.  One thing that has really stuck out to me is his definition of Church.  “The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord.  In obedience to Scripture the organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship,observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and Communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.”

I love that in his definition of Church he includes scattering to fulfill the Great Commission.  So often we think of church as getting together on Sunday mornings only, while it is that AND so much more.  Sunday morning is a time when we get fed, encouraged, built-up so that we can go into the world and speak out the message of Jesus.  If we are not actively participating in fulfilling the Great Commission we are not truly being the Church the Christ has called us to be.

What do you guys think?  I would love to hear your thoughts.