“3P” Model of Worship Leadership

This is one of those articles that afterward, you realize you already do these things but that categorizing your activities in this way may benefit your leadership. Using this model to categorize worship or liturgical leadership offers a neat and tidy way to think through the leadership process. This is the “3P” model of worship leadership.Read More »

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(Worship Leaders,) Feed My Sheep

Odds are many of our readers are familiar with the story of Jesus and Peter sitting near the edge of the water after breakfast when Jesus addresses Peter. Three times Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” And three times Peter says “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus responds, “Feed my lambs”, “Tend my sheep”, and “Feed my sheep”.

What does this mean for worship leaders?Read More »

Leading Worship In The Busy Times

This time of year may just be the busiest time of year. Late Spring turn to Summer finds all sorts of events going on, from finals and graduations to weddings and vacations, it seems to all go down and at the same time. My wife and I have been no exception! As I sit down to write my first post in a few weeks, I thought that addressing worship leading during in the busy times would be appropriate.Read More »

What To Say When You Are Leading Worship

When we hear the title “Worship Leader”, many of us immediately picture a musician leading us in song during our Sunday morning worship. This is a fair, yet incomplete picture, of the worship leader. Certainly song plays a large part in the role of being a worship leader, but by no means does song encompass everything a worship leader does on a Sunday morning.Read More »

Worship and Mission: The Great Paradox

If you have lead worship anytime within the last ten years, you can probably relate to my experiences.

You are planning for the coming Sunday’s worship, and the pastor says, “We need to make this Sunday missional.”

Wait, what?
You are in a job interview for a worship leader position and the lead pastor says, “We are all about mission.”

So you are hiring a worship leader because…?

We have all been there. And quite frankly, these circumstances can be difficult to navigate. You beg
in to wonder, what am I doing? What is my purpose? I am a worship leader trying to serve in missional churches. Can I reconcile worship and mission?Read More »

Understanding Liturgy, Pt. II: An Evangelical Definition

Holy_Eucharist_Rite_2In my last article I offered an evangelical perspective on liturgy. While not a conversation that evangelicals have often participated in for some time, the work of numerous theologians, including Robert Webber and Simon Chan has stirred an interest in knowing our Christian history, and therefore an understanding of how those who have gone before us have worshiped. With this uncovering of the past, learning the language of liturgy has become a necessity.

Deterred by the word “liturgy”, many evangelicals are unable to take the time to grasp liturgy and all that it means and encompasses. This article seeks to present a working evangelical definition of liturgy as influenced by its historical definition. I am comfortable offering a working definition for two reasons: one, theology is concerned with uncovering the best human language possible for God and His work, and two, I am more than willing to concede my thoughts to another who appears to use “more right” language than myself (although probably not without a stubborn discussion).Read More »