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A Letter to My Worship Leaders Part 3

Written by Ed Stetzer Feed on . Posted in Ed Stetzer

A few final thoughts for worship leaders

Part 1 and Part 2 detailed thoughts one through eight. Here are thoughts nine through 12:

9. This one is simple: please avoid empty, repetitive language that has no real bearing on the worship service.

Worship leaders can sometimes fill down time in songs with empty phrases like “Yes, Lord” or “Just speak, God.” It’s not that those words have no meaning; it’s that they most often have little meaning in context. They are just filler words that sound good, but actually can be distracting.

It’s kind of like the habit some people have of saying “Father” before every sentence in their prayers. It’s not really introducing any substantive, helpful content. It is space-filling stuff.

Now, I think it is great that we call God "Father," and that we want Him to speak to our hearts, but my point is that we don't always have to do that. It's a habit that Christians can embrace and I'd rather we not.

10. Have some fun.

It’s okay to enjoy yourself and each other within the church. Laugh. Smile. Joke about your worship leader hair or my long messages. Have a good time with our church family.

We want to be a family and families have fun. You are a key part of that family, so join in.

Just never make fun of my beard. Ever. ;-)

11. Worship leaders are theologians, whether you claim to be or not.

I mentioned Colossians 3:16 earlier as a text that encourages song. In context, though, it is a little deeper. It begins, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” It is in that context that we sing together–steeped in the Word of God. You help shape the belief systems of the people under your leadership.

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