A Call to Worship Leaders

Matthew Westerholm | January 6, 2017


The evangelical church is awaking from its liturgical slumber. In the past, many pastors and worship leaders relinquished their responsibilities to shape the worship service, leaving this task to an often well-intentioned but commercialized “worship industry.”

Too often, worship leaders have taken their eyes off the local church. Many contemporary worship paradigms have been derived from parachurch ministries: Christian conferences, Christian radio stations, worship “concerts,” and worship recordings. These edify in their own way. The ongoing worship gatherings of the local church, however, have unique goals and responsibilities by virtue of both their regularity and also the role of corporate worship in the life of a believer, which parachurch paradigms cannot replace.

Many local church worship leaders are recognizing their responsibility to thoughtfully lead their congregations in musical worship. Many desire to be taken seriously as thinkers and pastors. Many sense an incongruity between the doctrines of grace they’ve embraced and the worship paradigms they practice. That is, “young, restless, Reformed” worship leaders sense a dissimilarity between their Calvinism on their bookshelves and the revivalism in their liturgical patterns. Or if they don’t entirely recognize it, they at least feel something is wrong. Something smells Finney.

Smelling Salts for the Liturgical Slumber 

Zac Hicks—canon for worship and liturgy…


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