Doxology and Discipleship: Principles for How the Worship Leader Functions Pastorally

Robert Zeb Balentine

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Many Christian worshipers and clergy misunderstand or undervalue the role that the worship leader has as a pastor and one that helps shepherd and shape the doctrinal beliefs of the church. Likewise, this could lead the worship leader to fail to take an intentional approach to worship planning. This lack of understanding and intentionality helps to contribute to the shallow or flawed theology and biblical illiteracy that plagues the church in America. This topic was chosen to demonstrate how music and song are highly effective tools for pastoring and teaching. This project will highlight three principles for how the worship leader functions pastorally, including an exploration of emphasis on Biblical perspectives on the role of song in this process. The endeavor will evaluate literature on the subject from current scholarly and academic sources; it will present the results and implications of a survey taken from over one hundred participants. Through these findings, modern-day worship leaders can be more aware of their responsibility as pastors so that they can intentionally plan worship to best serve their congregations.