“The future of worship leadership will look very different from our present. Formation leaders will replace Experience leaders.”
In less than 140 characters, Dan Wilt has masterfully captured the very core of what I believe and have been grasping to say. Thank you, Dan.
“Leading an experience” is an important role of a worship leader, but it’s not a high enough goal. Aiming to give people the worship feeling may draw a crowd, but it is not the purpose of the gathered church. We can do so much better. We can aim so much higher: practicing together to become disciples in the name of Jesus and the power of the Spirit.
Our world desperately needs a church of growing Christ-followers, not just a church content with cathartic, holy entertainment. The Kingdom of God will not be built through chasing after the worship feeling.
Fellow worship leaders, let’s pray and dream and explore and listen and risk and partner and re-imagine and see how God will lead us into a different kind of future. Something beautiful is trying to get born, and I can’t wait to see it…
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28)