On March 15th I mentioned that worship is much more than music and suggested that "worship leader" is an unhelpful term. Can you define ways by which we can ensure that worship is not just thought of in terms of music?
I know this is a big subject. It stirs up feelings! Don Carson (in Worship by the Book ed. Don Carson, Zondervan 2002, page 47) comments:
"The notion of a "worship leader" who leads the "worship" part of the service before the sermon (which, then, is not part of worship!) is so bizarre, from a new Testament perspective, as to be embarrassing. ...I know that "worship leader" is merely a matter of semantics, a currently popular tag, but it is a popular tag that unwittingly skews people's expectations as to what worship is. At very least, it is misleadingly restrictive."
Is it an improvement to rename?:
worship leader = "music leader" (making room for other co-leaders of worship such as the preacher!)
worship team = "music team," "corporate worship planning team", or in some traditions "liturgical team." Others involved in corporate worship might also be identified e.g. "Scripture reading team", "prayer team."