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  • Dear: Worship Leader - Music Conductor - Rockstar
    Posted By Word Worship Team | February 28, 2016 | Posted in Benji and Jenna Cowart

    This is my Papaw's music briefcase. It represents everything that he was as a lay worship leader (or songleader as his Nazarene church would've called it). I remember visiting his church as a little boy and seeing him on the platform, waving his arms to conduct the congregation as they sang hymns out of the hymn book. 


    As I have thought about what we do as worship leaders, I'm becoming more & more convinced that the whole old school idea of conducting (the concept, not the arm waving) is exactly what we need to be thinking about in the how and why of what we do with the music part of our worship...


    The role my grandfather had was not very glamorous and in many ways, he was the songleader because nobody else wanted to do it. The congregation was the worship team, the songleader just got the songs started and waved his hands...you could hear the songleader but the sound of the congregation was more prominent...the conductor role was really looked upon more as an administrative role because he or she had to do all the behind the scenes heavy lifting so that the congregation could just worship & not have to worry about details...


    I don't know if you would've heard of any rock star ministers of music/conductors back in that day cause that would just be weird..but not any weirder than the rock star church songleaders we have now if you think about it long enough..

     

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on February 28, 2016

This is my Papaw's music briefcase. It represents everything that he was as a lay worship leader (or songleader as his Nazarene church would've called it). I remember visiting his church as a little boy and seeing him on the platform, waving his arms to conduct the congregation as they sang hymns out of the hymn book. 


As I have thought about what we do as worship leaders, I'm becoming more & more convinced that the whole old school idea of conducting (the concept, not the arm waving) is exactly what we need to be thinking about in the how and why of what we do with the music part of our worship...


The role my grandfather had was not very glamorous and in many ways, he was the songleader because nobody else wanted to do it. The congregation was the worship team, the songleader just got the songs started and waved his hands...you could hear the songleader but the sound of the congregation was more prominent...the conductor role was really looked upon more as an administrative role because he or she had to do all the behind the scenes heavy lifting so that the congregation could just worship & not have to worry about details...


I don't know if you would've heard of any rock star ministers of music/conductors back in that day cause that would just be weird..but not any weirder than the rock star church songleaders we have now if you think about it long enough..

 

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