Shaun Groves made a compelling comment (scroll to the end of the comments) on Ragamuffin Soul, regarding the language we use to describe worship(within the arts), worship leaders, and all the things that come with it. Los’ post is called I Love It When My Worship Leader if you want to check out the entire conversation. Here is a portion of Shaun’s comment:
Maybe it’s time for the worship leader community to invest in some new language. The old language which was once the new language unintentionally miscommunicates what “worship” is and what the role of the “worship leader” is.
I think that’s a great idea. Here are thoughts from my “back in the day” perspective…I believe worship/creative arts/music directors can definitely create environments that help point a congregation/group/audience toward God. Environments that provide an opportunity to direct our eyes off of ourselves, if even for a little while, and focus on God’s nature/God’s character/God’s words/God’s heart. And I believe that a responsibility as artists in the church is to be day-to-day faithful to that calling/vocation/serving opportunity–whatever that looks like individually. I believe we have control only on providing an opportunity to engage and that the Holy Spirit does the completing work in the midst of it all. We humans do not make people take their faith or worship to another level. We can only create an opportunity or invitation to do so.
Any Worship Leaders/Creative Directors and volunteers care to weigh in? What am I missing having been out of the leadership loop for awhile? (I get self-conscious writing these posts without the proper title or credentials!)