Worship Pastor or Worship Leader?

While speaking on the topic of worship once, I was asked the question by a panel – “what is the difference in a worship leader and a worship pastor”. It is a good question – and one that some churches don’t understand or fail to see the benefit of the difference. For that reason, I wanted to take a couple of days and look at the answer – and outline what I feel the makeup of a worship pastor should be.

What Is A Worship Leader?
We certainly can’t differentiate one term without defining the other – so we first need to look at what a “Worship Leader” is. For the most part, “Worship Leaders” are those who lead in worship. In a vague sense – that would include those lead worshipers such as choir members, team members, etc… but we are specifically dealing with those tasked with leading a congregation in a worship setting.

One person – usually with guitar or piano – or with voice alone, who “leads” the congregation in song. This person may be a member of the congregation or may be visiting from another. Most times, the leader is tasked with hand-picking the songs for the service he/she will be leading but may or may not be charged with assembling the band or arranging the service.

The Community Difference

So what separates a worship leader from a worship pastor? One main difference – the responsibility of the community he serves. I have been a part of some spectacular services by some brilliant leaders. When the service was over – and life went on – and the leader (be it a traveling leader or a Christian music artist who leads in worship) leaves the church or gets back on the tour bus after a Spirit-filled night… the community remains. There is no deep emotional bond nor responsibility for that bond in a worship leader environment.

The main difference in a worship leader and a worship pastor is the level of pastoring done within the community. A worship pastor is involved with encouraging those within his community – raising up leaders, investing in others, determining the needs, evaluating the strengths, and acknowledging the weaknesses. He knows his community like his own family. He is a pastor. He is a shepherd. He brings more than a song – and his job responsibilities weigh moreso Monday through Saturday than they do on and given Sunday.

This – is a worship pastor – and in upcoming articles we will focus on the skills and skill-set that I feel a strong worship pastor should have.

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More Budget Flights For Indian Travelers

The worldwide online travel leader, Expedia is now arrived in India. They have recently launched Expedia Indian version [Expedia.co.in] and started their operation in India. They are yet to provide full travel services but one can expect it soon owing to its international market command. One can book hotel of their choice through this site as there are a number of Travel deals available. Expedia is currently offering 80,000 hotels across the world and planning to add some more services in future like Flight booking and Car Hire etc. It is destined to take Indian travel industry to a new era.

As the Travel Giant is here, it is to monitor how existing players like Yatra, TravelGuru, MakeMyTrip and ezeego1 will survive? After a long time leadership in India, how Yatra will change their strategy for future? MakeMyTrip uses the slogan, ‘We are Expedia for India’. So they need to change their business slogan, as Expedia itself has arrived in India. All other competitors have to improve their services if they want to be in the race. Travelocity is one another big international online travel portal and is already there in the country. So now, two major international leaders are available in India.

With the presence of two leading market leaders, there is a tough competition in the field and will surely benefit the customers in the coming days. After all they will get more options and better services. The impact you can see at Cleartrip and Zoomtra as they have already started the service like Railway Enquiry on their site to add value to their products. You can check availability status, train schedule through simply logging in. The main motive behind this is to attract the customer by providing some value added services.

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