In the “Christian” culture today being a worship leader is “sexy”. IT IS!!! Just think of some of the “vogue” worship leader stereotypes. Nothing says anointing like a “bright-skinned”, late 20’s/early 30’s male with skinny jeans, a v-neck t, acoustic guitar, and an “I just got finished crying at the feet of Jesus” raspiness. Selah.
In today’s sound bite and twitpic culture, the role of the worship leader can so frighteningly be reduced to a trendy image and sound instead of a calling and the most gloriously terrible of stewardships. The temptation for so many well-intentioned worship leaders is to settle for being a “sanctified” pop idol.
If all you have to do to impress people as a worship leader is buy a v-neck, sing like a “Brit”, squint your eyes, and occasionally find creative ways to work in a “Black Eyed Peas” or “Kings of Leon” song; who wouldn’t sign up?
The church world is saturated with such shallow expectations and projections of the role. No church that I have met will openly admit to endorsing such a culture. However, if a senior leader spends more time talking with a worship leader about style of dress and song choice rather than the condition of their soul, the culture is established and the impact is great.
God desires to raise up a vast army of worship leaders…not just song leaders or religious heartthrobs…not inch deep spiritualists or pseudo mystical “paper tigers”…WORSHIP LEADERS.
Over the course of my blog I will discuss and explore key fundamentals of worship leading or what I call “Worship Leading 101”. Come back next week to discuss “The Art of a Teacher.”