A personal rant on how we describe leading worship

The other day, I was in a local coffee shop and overheard a guy talk about his summer plans. He happens to be gifted musically and desires to lead people in worship as a living. He wasn’t talking to me, but was speaking loud enough for everyone to hear in the room what he does, and what his plans were, etc.

So – here is the conversation as I best remember it:

FRIEND: Hey man, what are you doing this summer?
WORSHIP GUY: Not much. I’ve got a couple of worship gigs this summer, but other than that, not much.

Okay – here is my personal rant… I’m kindof tired of people describing leading worship as being a “gig.” Maybe it’s just the jouvenielle aspect of the generation I work with, but seriously, you are leading worship as part of the church – you’re not a “light, two-wheeled carriage being pulled by a horse.”

Leading worship should not be described as a “gig,” so please stop it. All of you. Stop using the term “gig” when you are describing leading worship. Leading others in worship is leading people in the exaltation and praise to GOD who created all things and is worthy of praise.

I’m off my soapbox now… you are free to return to more important matters.

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  • Robertsullivanworship

    hey I just came across your site.  I understand what you are trying to say here about leading worship being more than just a gig; however, I can see where both sides are coming from.  The worship guy probably would get strange responses from people if when asked what his summer plans are he responds with a lengthy dissertation about how he is using the talents that God has given him to lead people into deeper levels of worship and commitment to God.  I have referred to events in which I lead worship as gigs sometimes as well but usually only when I am in conversation with other people who are musicians.  This is because bands and musicians usually refer to the shows/concerts/events that they play as “gigs”.  Anyways just wanted to put in my $.02 on the matter.  

    • michaelcriner

      Robert – Thanks for the comment. I get what you’re saying, and I understand the tension of trying to describe it to others who may not have the same personal background as you… I suppose I’m trying to be corrective and wanting to hold what you do in high esteem. But again, thanks for the $.02!