Are not worship leaders teachers? Do they not keep the attention of people and show, tell and act out in a way that instructs people in their faith and life?
Worship Leaders provide curriculum to spiritual pupils to assimilate and incorporate into their very lives through the music and content we select in the setting we facilitate.
This is important to think about, I believe, because if we view what we do as simply an experience that stays in the room, we are fooling ourselves. The consequence is that phrases of lyric, hints of attitude and visual messages will be carried with the congregation member as he or she leaves for the entire week. For better or worse, we are teachers.
When planning a worship set, we do think of the content. For example, we could ask these questions:
- Does this song pray a prayer we need to pray?
- Does this element of worship relate to where we need to take our people?
- We should celebrate. (Or fill in the blank with the action).
- The theme of God’s grace (or fill in the blank) is highlighted in this tune.
There then is curriculum. We are putting together a lesson plan. After we do that, do we not also think of the setting and execution so it sticks with people? Here are some questions we might ask to clarify how we execute our teaching:
- Is this song singable and does it enhance or distract?
- What message does our graphic send?
- What use of color, texture will compliment the content?
- What story authentically will be expressed to connect with our people?
Now, there is the structured and planned part of teaching. However, all the world is a stage. Or in this case, all the world is a classroom. Our lives speak volumes. The attitude, and way we carry ourselves instructs on the attitude we have about our faith. People do not mimic us like robots, of course. But, passively the messages we send from a stage or in person all influence as well as instruct on our spiritual strengths or lack thereof.
So, are worship leaders actually teachers? I do think so. What do you think?