Last month, Carlos Whittaker blogged the dangerous question:
What is the biggest gripe you have about something a Sunday worship leader does?
The 185+ responses were fascinating, insightful, and offensive to some. To cut through the clutter of all of the opinions, Kent Shaffer of Church Relevance made a very rough tally of all the pet peeves to determine the top 10 pet peeves about worship leaders. Keep in mind these are subjective opinions.
Top 10 Pet Peeves About Worship Leaders (with examples)
- Asking the Congregation to do Something (21 responses)
- Makes us shake hands with the people around us.
- When a worship leader tells you to lift up your hands, it takes a meaningful personal action and turns it into a obligatory command.
- Talks like they’re at a high school pep rally, “Let me hear ya!”
- Asks how everyone is doing. We’re not at a concert, so we’re not going to scream.
- Tells you what to do and how to worship… to the point where it makes you feel guilty if you don’t conform yourself to her/his understanding of what worship is.
- I hate it when worship leaders script the worship too much by telling people what to do. I’ve had worship leaders completely distract me from God when they start telling me what to do.
- Mini-Sermons & Talking (20 responses)
- Talks between every song.
- I am distracted when worship leaders start talking about anything that is not directions on what we are about to do.
- When they repeat the same catch-phrases every week.
- Breathy speaking between songs.
- Sermonettes are annoying if too long or common
- You can tell a mile away when a worship leader is “sharing” because he feels obligated to. It’s always a cheesy or over emotional blurb. When God’s really laid something on a worship leader’s heart, it’s cool. But even then, say it in less than 45 seconds! Don’t meander on for 3 minutes.
Read the rest of Kent’s list here