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Nine Marks of a Healthy Worship Leader

This is a pretty good list:

  1. Your worship leader should meet the biblical qualifications of an elder.
  2. Your worship leader should be musically capable.
  3. Your worship leader should be invisible (almost).
  4. Your worship leader should be committed to gospel-anchored liturgy.
  5. Your worship leader should work in close tandem with the preacher.
  6. Your worship leader should be committed to the expression of a vast range of emotions.
  7. Your worship leader should be committed to the explicit worship of Jesus.
  8. Your worship leader should encourage and enlist congregational participation.
  9. Your worship leader should be chiefly concerned with honoring God and upholding Jesus and the gospel, more than reaching the next generation or any other pre-determined demographic.

Nine Marks of a Healthy Worship Leader | 9Marks.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He has written two books, dozens of articles, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and two children.

3 Responses to Nine Marks of a Healthy Worship Leader

  1. Paul says:

    May I suggest a tenth Mark? The worship leader must be committed to the goals and preaching ministry of the senior (preaching) pastor.

    I was a member of another church where the full time worship leader/music director attempted an insurrection against the pastor by claiming that his worship experience time at the beginning of the service was more important, and should have more time, that the preaching. The pastor eventually had to fire him for his insubordination, because the guy wouldn’t back down, repent or apologize for his actions.

  2. Scott Aniol Scott Aniol says:

    Absolutely, Paul. Thanks. I think that fits in well with #1 and #5.

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