Posted by Emily Fiore on 15 August 2013

The role of a worship leader as most of us understand it - a person with an instrument standing at the front 'leading' us -is a pretty modern role in Christian worship.

Where once it was only the Priests who would lead the sung worship, in the last few decades it has become common place to have a worship leader, or Director of Music as part of the staff - often a paid one at that. 

This shows that a lot of churches take the role and the place of a worship leader (in the modern sense) seriously.  

So Sunday comes and the worship band fire up and head for heaven, but one thing many church leaders miss is this: irrespective of who is singing down the microphone, the congregation will also be watching the preacher, pastor and church leader and taking a lead from them.

It's good to encourage talent and to invest in those with gifting, but that will be wasted if church leaders don't lead by example. Are you engaged? Are you taking part in this corporate act of worship or polishing your sermon notes, figuring out the notices, or gazing off into space disinterested?

Remember that having a worship leader is not an abdication of the church leader’s call to lead worship. Worship leaders are there to share the load, not warm up the crowd. 

In Exodus 17:8 we read "When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up – one on one side, one on the other – so that his hands remained steady till sunset."

Worship leaders are just like Aaron and Hur. They are there to help and to serve, but they are never the only worship leaders that people can see.

More like this

The Story behind 'He Is God'

2014 turned out to be a catastrophic year for the oil company I’d been working with for several years. In the space of a few months this $3bn company was brought to its knees as a result of several extreme events: scandal, terrorism and persecution....

the Friday Pickle - could we find a better name than Worship Leader?

The debate had a little more volume a while ago, but search hard enough and you can still find people discussing what they see as the possible flaws within - and alternatives to - the term ‘worship leader’.

Cut It Out (Noah study part 2)

When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord...