On Who We “Let” Lead the Worship

I have noticed the development of what might be called a “culture of excellence” when it comes to our worship in the assembly. What I mean by this is that there are more—and more vocal—discussions about what it means to (in the words of a recently-published book) “do things well” in the assembly. When we talk about our singing (and the leading of it), we talk about being able to keep time and pitch a song reasonably closely, and having the ability to carry a tune, etc. If there is a prayer to be led, we want the man who is able to articulate thoughts clearly, without a lot of rambling and definitely without the dreaded “guide, guard and direct.” Our preachers need to be able to speak in such a way as to be engaging, use effective visuals (no “death by PowerPoint,” please) and preferably not go over about 30 minutes. Continue reading