compared to most 54 year-old men, i’m a pretty flexible guy. i’m challenged by innovation and new ideas. i love change. i’m way more post-modern in my orientation than a lot of 20 and 30-somethings i know. i think if the church (our church) continues to do the same things in the same ways, we’re going to continue to lose young people in the same way. like i said, i’m all for change.
so when i read about this new idea, well…i’m still kind of steamed when i think about it.
tim stevens is a church-leader-blogger that i like to read. he had an interesting post about outsourcing worship leaders the other this morning at his leadingsmart.com website. i’m curious what you might think about it…
(thanks to mondaymorninginsight.com for the synopsis)
tim met with a church leader from mississippi that temporarily hired worship leaders to come in to help them out after their worship leader left for another job. it worked out so well, that the church decided to permanently hire temporary worship leaders. they have settled on four or five leaders that they bring in on a weekly basis. according to tim stevens, here are some of the advantages this church leader told him about this approach:
- many worship leaders don’t enjoy building teams, managing budgets or organizing departments. they just love to lead worship. this strategy let’s them stay in their sweet spot.
- this decision saves money for the church. they are able to pay them really well for a weekend and still save enough money in the church budget to use toward another staff position.
- they love the variety that this brings to their church. keeping things unpredictable is a plus to keeping people’s attention.
- they have learned so much from these worship leaders that they wouldn’t have learned from one person.
in spite of my sometimes reckless love for change and my willingness to go out to the edge for the sake of reaching people for christ, i gotta tell you that i hate this idea. i appreciate the outside-the-box thinking, but this church has got some messed up thinking.
the premise is all wrong. the justifications are all wrong. the expectations are all wrong. sorry for being so wishy-washy about my opinion on this one. the definition of worship leader is wrong. the motive for doing this is wrong. what about relationship? what about family? i’ll stop now.
agree or disagree?
for the record, you people at north point better not get any wacky ideas about outsourcing the preaching around here…