Artisan Or Assembly Line Worker?


Assembly LineIs your plug and play worship preparation and leadership really just the modern version of sliding the hymn numbers into the hymn board?  If so…why does your church need you?  Deep calling unto deep worship that reminds congregants that the Lord’s song is with us in the night may never occur until you lead as an artisan instead of an assembly line worker (Psalm 42).

Assembly Line:  A repetitive, monotonous, inflexible process in which a succession of identical products are turned out in a mechanically efficient, though impersonal manner.

Artisan:  A craftsperson or technician in an applied art who with great care, skill, and precision handcrafts a high quality, distinctive, and unique product.

The society based on production is only productive, not creative.  Albert Camus

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.  W. Somerset Maugham


3 Responses to “Artisan Or Assembly Line Worker?”

  • Alden Schoeneberg (@alden_t910) Says:

    The hymn slider board is a curse that chases us every week. Recruiting a team of creatives to help you with service planning really broadens your own creative. I am fortunate to have an excellent team that has worked with me for 8 years.

  • Jeremy Harris Says:

    I like the thought here. It’s amazing how easy it is to fall into the assembly line mentality. We work to make sure that we have enough songs without taking too much of the service time. Make sure there is an even mix of hymns and newer songs. etc… I love that God has given us creativity and worship. I love that God calls each of us to worship Him creatively. As a worship leader I find that the weeks I put more thought and creativity into the process are my favorites. I personally have a harder time worshiping when the service is simply a cookie cutter copy. Why would our congregations be able to worship freely and creatively if we as the leaders have a harder time fully participating…

  • Jason Says:

    Putting our hope in a process produces monotony and inauthenticity. putting our hope in creativity produces a superficial need for change and sets us on a chase after an emotional experience. Placing our hope on Jesus as we prepare for worship produces both authenticity and creativity, and works to stir our affection in the right direction.

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