The Worship Leader

Posted: 03/17/2009 in Articles, Devotions

So I’ve been enjoying reading Bob Kauflin’s book, Worship Matters, which is directed to worship (in song) leaders.  Yes, I guess that’s what we have to call them. The truth is that all who are involved in the church service are our leaders in worship, that is, the preacher, the one who prays, the one who plays the guitar or organ, etc. I imagine the head pastor should be called the worship leader if indeed you are looking for someone to fill that role. Anyway, I did enjoy the quote Kauflin shared by D. A. Carson.

I would abolish forever the notion of a ‘worship leader.’ If you want to have a ‘song leader’ who leads the part of  the worship, just as a preacher leads part of the worship, that’s fine. But to call the person a ‘worship leader’ takes away the idea that by preaching, teaching, listening to and devouring the Word of God, and applying it to our lives, we are somehow not worshipping God.”

D. A. Carson via Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters

I don’t want to be picky about the terms that we use these days, and I imagine it’s nothing to divide over, but they seem to be right. We are to worship God in all the things we do, and even through our actions, our loving our neighbor or enemies, we can be leading others in worship; in prizing God more than anything else. We probably are stuck with this term “worship leader” but let us not forget that we should all be leading others in worship of God, with or without a guitar in hand.

  1. J. C. Hahne says:

    Oh and here are a few of Kauflin’s favorite terms he now uses for the now extinct “worship leader”…. Music Minister, Worship Pastor, Service Leader. Corporate Worship Leader, Lead Worshipper, and one of his personal favorites, the Music Guy!!!

    I like that last one too… “Oh what do you do?”… “Uhm, I’m a Music Guy in a church.” Sounds very professional to me 😉

  2. Derick says:

    The corporate worship service & the individual’s worshipful life; it’s great how one edifies the other.
    How about the “Melodious Maximus”? Put that on a business card.

  3. […] that I’d share Bob Kauflin’s definition of a worship leader (er… uh… Music Guy). A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the […]

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