The Worship Quote of the Week for (06/25/2002):

An Effective Worship Leader
In today’s WORSHIP QUOTE, Bob Kauflin’s offers a concise definition for the
"effective worship leader."

An effective worship leader, aided and led by the Holy Spirit, skillfully
combines biblical truth with music to magnify the worth of God and the
redemptive work of Jesus Christ, thereby motivating the gathered church to
join him in proclaiming and cherishing the truth about God and seeking to
live all of life for the glory of God.

—Bob Kauflin, in a recent issue of his e-mail column "Worship Matters" for Kauflin is Director of Worship Development for PDI
Ministries. Please visit their web site at I strongly
recommend Bob’s weekly column and the various worship resources available
from PDI’s worship ministry.

[Do you remember when the term "worship leader" first began to be used in the
Christian church? When I was in high school, it was a "minister of music" who
had a strong impact on my life and future ministry. I have worshiped in many
churches where the senior minister was really the "worship leader" while the
"song leader" or "director of music ministry" led all the music. One also
comes across positions like "worship pastor," "pastor of music," "pastoral
musician," "organist/choirmaster," "cantor," and "leader of the praise team."
When it come right down to it, I like to pray that the Holy Spirit will lead
us in worship. Do these titles matter? What do you think?]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky