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“Worship Leader”—a Church Staff Infection and a Financial Burden

January 10 2007 at 12:43 PM
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Originally termed “praise song” or “praise music,” then “praise and worship”; now it is “worship music.” “Worship music” is set in some musical style “often with repeating, short, easily sung ‘chorus’ parts” [quoted]. Repetition—is this why the expression “7/11 songs” defined as “seven words, repeat eleven times” or something like that?

Then, the “need” for a “worship leader”—a man-contrived church position or office—not really a surprise in the denominational world with no church elders….

I might add that the evolutionary “musical worship” common among Charismatic/Contemporary/Community churches [with instruments] has arrived and invaded certain churches of Christ. These “transforming” [especially mega] churches in the brotherhood have also employed the “professional services” of the “worship leader.” Then, the congregation’s “Worship Leader” further modifies the method in which “musical worship” is to be conducted in the “Worship Center.” This is accomplished by employing the musical services of the “Praise Team.”

Well, the “Praise Team” performances (with hand-held microphones—don’t forget) are, of course, so much better than the congregational singing of either the singy-clappy 7-11 musical praise songs or the complicated musical pieces.

That’s a very brief history of the contemporaneous “musical worship” … and the reader may be familiar with that already.

What about the emphasis in musical worship versus the intent of the “gathering of the saints” for teaching and admonishing one another and for letting the “words of Christ dwell in us richly” as taught in the New Testament?

What about the employment of a professional staff member—the “Worship Leader”—in the church, when the full-time salary could be well spent in world evangelism and benevolence instead? Shouldn’t the elders of the church be responsible for the misuse and abuse of the church treasury? What would Christ and the apostles do or say face-to-face with the “Worship Leader” and with the elders for implementing such a scheme?

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The Classifieds for N.T. Churches in Ephesus, Galatia, Rome…

January 11 2007, 3:51 AM 

From: The Christian Chronicle Classifieds:

Youth minister/Worship leader
Posted On Dec 12, 2006

__________ Church of Christ in Arizona is a shepherd-led group of 250 (+ or -). We are currently seeking a full-time Youth Minister/Worship Leader to work with our young, energetic and growing congregation. The main function of this position is to lead and supervise all youth spiritual development and youth activities of the church with emphasis on 7-12th grade. A secondary function of this position is to lead and direct our worship ministry, which includes planning worship, leading a blended worship, and working with a praise team. [emphases, d.c.]

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January 12 2007, 12:14 PM 


MINISTER OF MUSIC AND MEDIA—For 50+ member choir and 20+ member orchestra. Media (TV) experience preferred. Send resume and video (if available) to Music Minister Search Committee, Northside Baptist Church, 2800 Named Street, North Bxxxxxx, City, Texas 99999 or Website:

Two ministers sought—First Baptist Church Shallowocean is seeking a full-time MINISTER OF DISCIPLESHIP AND MEDIA. This position will direct the education and discipleship ministries of a growing church. Also seeking a part-time CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP LEADER. This position will have worship responsibilities for Sunday morning and evening services and lead a student worship service on Wednesday evening. Experience as a worship leader and media experience preferred. We are proud to be a BGCT church. Send resumes to First Baptist Church, 188888 8th Street, Shallowocean, Statewide 88888 or e-mail resume to Please direct to the attention of the search committee for the position sought. Resumes will be accepted until August 31, 2005.

Merchandising in the Church — What the Holy Scripture Says:

John 2 —

    13And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
    14And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
    15And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
    16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.


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One congregation is dealing with staff infection … perhaps?

January 20 2007, 4:05 PM 

This may be no new news to some, but Madison’s “Worship Leader” has “resigned” from his “position.” So, what is going to happen to the featured “Tea & Jam Orchestra” which includes Keith Lancaster [shown holding a guitar in the 12.24.06 Marcher picture] and his son Anthony at the keyboard and others? There were 100 people who attended Madison’s second T&J in December. [Note that MCC has 1800+ in attendance on Sundays.]

In the December event, it was “a special time of Christmas music shared by talented Madison members”; that T&J is “a monthly opportunity for members to gather and enjoy family entertainment as well as bring visitors who may not have a church home.” (Question: Has this event been known about or encouraged and approved by the elders?)

Kevin Dunnebacke, a fine, talented “musician,” took Keith’s place this past Sunday (1/14/2007).

According to the Marcher, the “next Tea & Jam is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the television studio.” Yes, that is today. Will Keith Lancaster be there? I won’t be there. I have no idea.

[More of Keith Lancaster’s “resignation” will be featured in the near future in “What Happened—the Timeline.”]

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February 28 2007, 3:01 PM 

I can't believe he had a picture with a guitar... truly the work of the devil!!! Listen to yourself.

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