These questions and answers have been compiled from real questions that I’ve been asked over many years of traveling ministry. Some of the answers are short, others are lengthy. All are designed to force you to think. in fact, you may disagree with some of my answers. I’m okay with that, as long as it pushes you to consider what you believe and why you believe it from a biblical perspective. In other words, I hope I shake up some traditions—”this is the way we’ve always done it”—and force you to look from a different vantage point.
As you look through these, you might find occasional redundancy. That’s because each question is designed to stand alone. I don’t expect that you will read all other answers before reading a particular one. So, in order to make that work, then there have been times when it was necessary to give some of the same information more than once. Sorry. It seemed like the best option.
Also, keep in mind that these questions and answers come from a wide range of churches and, therefore, worship styles and philosophies. What may be exactly right in a Presbyterian Church might not be best for a Pentecostal Church. A church that is brand new to a more contemporary style of worship will have different issues than one that has been doing modern songs for many years. The music ministry at a church that focuses their services on evangelism will do things very differently than a church that is geared primarily toward believers interacting vertically with God. So if a question seems strange or odd to you, just know that it might be perfect for someone else.
One other aspect that I should probably point out—although I’m pretty sure you’ll figure it out as you go along. I see the worship ministry—just like any other type of leadership role in the church—as a place for servants. To me, this is a key issue that is foundational. You’ll see this idea repeatedly as you read through these answers. Just thought I’d give you a heads up beforehand.
Just click on one of the general topics below, and then you’ll see a list of specific questions.
Click on a question and you’ll get an answer. It’s simple.