I was so glad for this episode of the podcast to be joined by Nathaniel Miller, who serves as the Music Minister with me at Emmanuel. We had a very fruitful discussion of what music & worship looks like in the local church, and how younger leaders can be more effective in how they help guide a congregation or ministry in worship.
For those who are in the preparatory phase (as a volunteer, in Bible college or seminary), dive in and do as much as you can without getting burned out. All of those opportunities can help you grow.
And for those serving in a church, the way we lead and set up our worship services is many times for us to get out of the way. So we try to remove whatever might be a distraction, whether it's musical style or volume or direction. We lead graciously, we lead with patience, and we lead while teaching. So in your transitions in worship, use that time to talk about not only what the song says, but what it means.
Lastly, if you're a lead pastor and you're not regularly spending time with and talking with your worship leader, you're doing it wrong. Invest in them. Your worship services will better reflect that partnership in ministry.
Scott M. Douglas
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