The Pastor: Leading Worship

worshipEvery Sunday morning, my pastor walks into the sanctuary through a side door after the service has begun. The worship leader supposedly leads the congregation in worship. He doesn’t lead my pastor. I rarely see this man lift his hands in praise or pray in the altar, either for himself or others. He praises and prays only in the pulpit.

My pastor isn’t the first to do this and he won’t be the last. Maybe he’s praying in the hallway. Or maybe he’s talking shop with a friend. Either way, I just find it rude. Christians used to tarry in prayer in the altar, before and after each service. The pastor was among them. What’s happened?

jesus_prayingJesus taught his disciples to pray (Luke 11:1-4). The apostle Paul taught his flock to suffer (Acts 9:16, Galatians 5:11). Therefore, pastors should lead their congregations in spiritual acts of worship, namely offering one’s body to Jesus Christ as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). They should lead others in spiritual disciplines – prayer, praise, fasting, giving, compassion, and repentance. In other words, the true worship leader of a church should be its pastor. And that worship should be more than a song.

Too many churches today are worldly and unspiritual. They’re probably led by pastors shirking their duty as worship leaders. That’s right. As goes the pastor, so goes the congregation. Few people in my church worship God. They’re just like the pastor – sitting or standing but doing nothing. The young worship leader tries to coax the congregation, but with little success. Besides, why should he carry the burden? One of the few people who worship God during each service is a former cocaine addict. She’s been drug-free three years and has much to be thankful for.

I wish someone would teach the congregation how to worship. My pastor doesn’t.

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One thought on “The Pastor: Leading Worship

  1. Nowadays pastors are working professionals. Hirelings (John 10:12, 13; 2 Peter 5:1-4). They draw salaries and perform services. Their role is not much different from servants of the state church (Anglicanism) back in the days of George Whitefield. Whitefield found that the state hired anyone willing to do the job and paid this civil servant from revenues as they would pay a sheriff or constable. The “minister” did not have to be saved or to believe. He had only to conduct services, deliver sermonettes, marry couples, baptize infants, and bury the dead. Many professional church staff members today are no different.

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