At a conference focused on the leadership of worship this past summer I heard the term “Worship Artist” used more than once. Hmmm…? Yes, I would certainly vote for worship leaders being artistic in some definition of the term “artistic,” but there is something in me that says that an artist is not what I really need to provide worship leadership when I enter a place of worship. In the context of music and performance, artists are the ones I notice…notice too much. They impress with the vocal range and technical skill. Artists are the ones who dominate the activity, rather than enable others. O, I can already hear the views that take worthwhile exception to my thoughts, but when it comes to worship leadership, I’d rather hear terms like “equipper” and “pastoral” than I would want to hear artist!
So, Jubal, where do you stand with me on this one…for or against?