Music styles seem to be the churches favorite battlegrounds. Today I spent around 30 minutes on Youtube watching various churches worship bands lead worship. I am not surprised that they sound the same for the most part. The elements seem to be this.
1. Decent Singer, a crooner perhaps.
2. Lead guitar player capable of pulling of various U2 licks
3. Coldplay style drums
Now I know that some people really dig this style of music, my wife is one of them. The worst thing that we can do is to be some sort of elitist hipster and turn away from worship just because of music styles. WE CAN'T TURN AWAY FROM WORSHIPING, no matter how uncool it may seem.
With the last post (here) regarding the death of CCM magazines hard copy, it seems that there are issues regarding the genre of Christian music. I think that in regard to worship, it is a deeper issue. Even when I have gone to church at a "cool" location (such as Ecclesia in Houston), the music is fairly standard to what you see at most contemporary churches.
Some people's answers would be to encourage Christian artists that play in different styles to just come up with some worship songs and sing them in front of people. But I think the act of worship leading is Holier than that. Sure, it would be sweet to Jeff Tweedy come and sing "In Christ Alone" (I even posted about it here), but I don't think it would cut it. Our worship leaders don't need to be aspiring Jesus rock stars either. Last week at the local coffee shop, I saw a worship leader play a set of his tunes dressed like one of the Jonas Brothers.
Getting out of the genre of worship also means leaders being content to have a deep connection to a local congregation, not looking upon it as a jump start to a career. The unique artistic role of the worship leader is usually neglected, because the worship leader is the only artist in residence at most churches.
So where is this going? I am not sure, but I say lets start with the idea that worship is a holy act that requires Holy leader. My worship Jedi master, JD lists the roles of a worship leader as 4 primary tasks
More explanations in the next few days, but I think this places us at a good starting point.
What do you think?