Got into an interesting discussion this past week with a buddy about worship leaders and worship pastors. After we made the requisite metro jokes – we got serious for a moment. Here were some of thoughts….
A worship leader (wait for it….) leads music and song whereas a worship pastor leads people into experiences that collide them with God.
A leader plans and practices transitions from song to song whereas a pastor looks for holy interruptions that could send us deeper.
A leader will make sure his part of the service is done well while a pastor focuses on the WHOLE worship experience.
A leader will be great with the music, a pastor will experiment with different disciplines (silence, prayer, readings, communion, video, etc).
A leader will evaluate notes and tuning, a pastor will evaluate the impact and response.
A leader will understand response as someone walking down the aisle, a pastor will see response as life change once the service is over.
A leader wants to run a smooth practice, a pastor wants to develop other worshippers.
What would you add?