Today: the place for spontaneity as a worship leader
- Evidence for spontaneity in worship, 1 Corinthians 14:25-26
- However, need for orderliness, 1 Corinthians 14:40
Erickson: “the spirit moves through spontaneity. The spirit also moves through form and structure. Obviously, for Paul both dimensions are vital to the dynamics of worship.”
Erickson: “…a balance between structure and freedom is easier to attain in theory than in practice. The tension between the two can become a source of discord within a congregation. The pastoral challenge is to maintain a creative balance amidst these two constantly shifting elements”
Key Principle: “Everything must be done so that the church may be built up” (1 Corinthians 14:26)
Before you go spontaneous:
- Discuss the place of spontaneity with leadership
- Agree on principles and practicals as a worship team
- Get feedback
- Do not abandon structure – it enables freedom
- Give the service structure to your team as far in advance as possible
- Extend a song
- Add/change a song
- Read/quote a scripture
- Say a few words
What else can you think of / have you seen?
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