Worship Leader Magazine has a great interview up with Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. In the interview, he discusses the relationship between the pastor and the worship leader. It’s an important topic, because contention between the two can truly divide a church and do quite a bit of damage in the process.
The whole interview is worth reading (it isn’t very long, so it’s a quick read), but here are some quotables:
- Artists don’t like to hear this, but there have to be teams with leaders and someone has to be in charge. Partnerships have a hierarchy.
- If they become conflicted, it opens the door for visible division between the most visible leaders in the church, which is what the enemy wants. Both leaders have to remember to always do what is best for Jesus and the people—not themselves.
- A worship leader and preaching pastor are like two pedals on a bike. The service cannot move forward and stay out of the ditch if they are not pedaling together.
Check out the full article for some good discussion of this very important relationship.
Reading this made me realize how thankful I am for the great working relationship (and friendship) I have with my pastor. Ministry would be so much harder without that.