I am always amused by ads churches will place in music journals looking for church musicians. Very often these ads take great care to describe the music skills and experience these worship leaders must have, but there is a glaring requirement missing in these ads: the worship leader’s relationship to the Lord and walk with the Lord. Surely this is important to the churches that write these ads??
If I were writing these worship leader want ads, I would start with the need for the candidate to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, followed by evidence of the person’s daily walk with the Lord. Strong interpersonal skills would be my next point of interest for a worship leader seeking to apply for a position. I would then look at the person’s music skills and leadership experience.
I think some of these ads are upside down – they seek a person with great music skills before knowing about his relationship to Jesus Christ. The worship leader position is not just a music director of sorts. He has the all-important task of leading people to Christ and helping them to grow in their faith each week in the worship service. Most worship leaders I know would describe their call to worship leading as a pastoral calling. Even though they are trained musicians their more important task is all about the Gospel – leading people to the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Churches who advertise and hire ”music directors” instead of worship pastors are setting themselves up for a spiritually shallow program with possibly good music but little spiritual fruit. What is good music without the passion of the Gospel? It is a concert. It is entertainment. I love beautiful music but in the Kingdom’s work, we are to be about the business of impacting lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Can we have both? Yes – excellence in all things and all things to the Glory of God, but we must start with a worship leader who is called to be a minister of the Gospel. Pastoral worship leadership should never be sacrificed on the altar of “beautiful music.”
Wanted a worship leader who knows Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, has a daily walk with the Lord and has a passion to minister to the Body of Christ in worship leadership. It would also be good if this person is a trained musician.
Boyce College Presents
The Heart of Worship Conference 2009
January 30-31, Friday evening – Saturday
On the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
A Conference for High School and Middle School Students who sing in choirs, play instruments in the worship band or help with sound and media.
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