I’ve had many conversations with members and musicians about “the worship pastor.” What does it actually mean?
As a musician, developing musical talent and arranging it to make good music for liturgy and services is certainly part of my job. The larger part is finding and nurturing worship. Worship involves our gifts and talents but most of all our hearts, offered up to God in “spirit and truth.”
But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4: 23-24 (AMP)
When the music we offer in a worship service comes via a heart surrendered and actively worshipping our loving Father, there is a heavenly dimension to it that mere music will not convey.
So, a worship team’s job on a Sunday is not to sing to people but to sing with and through them — like the Levites of the Old Testament, moving from a place of personal, intimate worship, then gathering the praises of the people, then offering all to God. It is two-way interaction that brings the people of God into the very throne room of God. How many concerts have you been to where the audience and the producer get such intimate and revelatory interaction?!
As Worship Pastor, with a worship team, I am seeking to enable people to grow in their worship, both in the “secret place” – at home, in the car, at work — and with the worshipping community.
See you in the throne room!