Why Off-Pitch Pat Shouldn’t Be Singing On Your Worship Team

Here’s an excerpt from an article by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy that addresses an issue many worship leaders struggle with – why you shouldn’t let just anybody join the praise team.

I was taught to cook at twelve years old, and was allowed to “practice” on my family. Everyone accepted that I was young, and not very accomplished yet at cooking. On the nights I really flubbed, we could just make tuna sandwiches. I needed the practice, and that was how I learned. However, I was never asked to cook for company, just family.

I’m suggesting that we have this much regard for the music and liturgy of the church. Instead, too many churches have worship leadership that is ineffective and even hard to sit through for the uninitiated. For example, Joy is given a solo because she’s having a hard time right now and needs some attention or affirmation. She isn’t very good, but the whole church family knows what she’s been through and doesn’t mind. Or a child is asked to read who is so hesitant or soft spoken that he can’t be heard beyond the first row.

The reading of Scripture and the leading of worship are too important to give to any volunteer untrained or ungifted at public reading. A church doesn’t need master singers or musicians to lead in the worship of God. But being an outward-focused church means we don’t use worship to honor each other. We honor God with our worship, and want to reach others with the good news, so we offer up the best quality in whatever we do.


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