The worship leading choir is a bit of a new concept and is articulated by Dave Williamson at http://www.brentwoodbenson.com/wlc/ Dave is a long-time choral director and arranger for Word Music. Dave outlines what he considers the difference between a “performance or traditional choir” and a “worship leading choir.” See below.
We all know what a choir is. And most of us know what worship leading is when we see it. But what do we mean by the term, “Worship Leading Choir?” Don’t all church choirs lead worship? The answer is, yes and no! Yes, in the sense that every “living sacrifice” offered by the believer is an act of worship, and every time any choir of believers sings about God in spirit and in truth it is an act of worship. But, No, in the sense that, until our hearts, minds and spirits are fully engaged in passionately glorifying Jesus in the congregation so that its members are drawn with us into an encounter with the living God, worship leading has not fully happened.
The worldwide form today’s choir is beginning to take on is a departure from much of the “traditional” aspects we have come to recognize.
• The emerging choir is not primarily about performance; it is primarily about worship.
• It’s not about being slick; it is about passion.
• It’s not about acquaintanceship; it is about family.
• It’s not about momentary emotion; it is about eternal significance.
• It’s not about competition; it is about servanthood.
• It doesn’t view talent as primary; it does view character and faithfulness as primary.
The Worship Leading Choir stands before a congregation as a well-schooled, unified battalion, locking arms to come both humbly and boldly into God’s presence, realizing that every word that enthrones Jesus dethrones the enemy. When it sings, it is not to impress, but to inspire. Its audience is not the congregation, but together with the congregation, their joint audience is God Himself. Its members may sing music that is traditional or contemporary, black or white (or somewhere in between). They may be young, old, or both. They may wear robes, suits, or jeans. They may offer musicals, cantatas, oratorios, or worship concerts. They understand their calling, and they are passionate about fulfilling it. They may be described as “ushers,” for their task is to usher people into an encounter with God.
More on the Worship Leading Choir another time….