Doug Lawrence says most churches move through worship leaders like he goes through firewood in the winter.
Like pastors, worship leaders take lots of critical “hits” in their vocation; they just make a lot less money and are often not as well trained as traditional clergy. Oh, and they are frequently expendable—real expendable. Most churches move through worship leaders like I go through firewood in the winter. Can we help these people become better leaders?
As a life-long worship guy, I get to talk about this stuff.
Let’s identify those areas were worship leaders (WL) seem to be at their weakest:
1. Worship leaders often feel that, though they are not well-trained theologically, they need to do a certain amount of spiritual input when they’re upfront.
This often leads to annoying rambling and unnecessary and often “soggy” theological input. It is surprising how many congregants experience WL this way (even their own pastors) but fail to be honest with them about how that particular “mannerism” comes across.
In one church I recently visited, the WL spent more time talking than leading people in participatory musical expression. From my more than 40+ years of leading worship, there is something inappropriate about that.
I’m not saying it’s not well-intentioned, it’s just a little insensitive to their expected role on the platform.