“Worship leaders” aren’t as ‘contemporary’ as some think they are. If you pay careful attention, particularly in the Old Testament, you’ll see that there are people who facilitated worship. The ‘priesthood of all believers’ doesn’t take away from that we all have different giftings. And one of those areas of gifting is music. Music is one of the ways of expressing worship. Many churches do this weekly. How we facilitate or lead in the time of worship can hinder or enable people from connecting with God.
When I read the Bible, I don’t see worship leader anywhere.
I wish I did.
Believe me, I’ve looked hard.
I even tried submitting a verse for the next ESV Study Bible update:
“And King David continued the rest of his earthly ministry as a worship leader, making bank, and writing songs on his harp for the people of Israel to declare in battle.”
Nobody wanted to use that.
I wish it was mentioned in the Bible because it’s sort of what I do. In one way or another, my life revolves around being a worship leader.