When is the last time you were asked the question, “What is worship all about?” If you’re like most
worship leaders I know, the question comes up rarely. This is due to the important fact that every
generation redefines the activity of “worship” in a way that 1) connects with the most current media
through which it seems that God is most profoundly interacting with His people, and 2) is the most familiar activity of worship being used in their cultural milieu.

In many cases, the average contemporary Christian attending one of our churches might say, “Worship is something we do to tell God how great He is. In our community, that largely happens when we sing to God.” While this has some degree of truth to it, and may make us feel quite special as the musicians who lead people in contemporary worship music, it is by no means an exhaustive, or maybe even helpful,definition of worship. Without even moving to the scriptures themselves, church history alone humbles us in our quick attachment of the act of worship primarily (or only in some church descriptions) to music.

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We are the crown of God’s creation.

We are subcreators. We use God’s materials to create.

We’re image bearers.

Analogy of kings having artists create statues to remind people of the king’s provision to those people. Reminding people. Read More

Worship artisan – schooled in the worship arts.. thinking about what it is in it’s expansive sense as well as within a faith community

They know what it is to do this at a funeral, hospital. They know what it is to lead people to a place where they can interact with God.

Wired to express the faith creatively. Read More

she will be thankful for the poetry, but will long – deep down – for a better answer.

First of all, every person you will ever meet, including yourself, has a theology. In other words, they have ideas about who God is (or who God is not), and they will live out those beliefs whether they want to or not. Theology shows itself over time, in the way we live, the way we relate, the way we communicate and in the way we worship. Some theology we might see as “good.” Other theology we might see as “bad.” Our theology shows up, often when we least expect it, in the way that we do things, and sometimes, in the way things end up because of our theology. Let’s look at some examples for moment. Read More