If the worship leading models we hold up as successful are good indicators of what it takes to lead relevant worship, then it’s obvious the way to achieve similar success is to become a hipster. So if you are a middle-aged music minister not even sure what a hipster is, this post will serve as a guide to help you too move toward worship leading relevance.
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women who value free thinking, creativity and intelligence. These characteristics are evident in their nonconformist choice of clothes, music, food and activities. According to the urban dictionary, hipsters tend to be well educated and often hold degrees requiring creative analytical thinking. Consequently, many hipsters hold jobs in the music, art and fashion industries.
If you would like to embrace this effective model in your worship leading, then read the tips below to see how you can transform from a Dockers wearing middle-aged music minister to a slouchy beanie wearing Hipster Worship Pastor.
To avoid consumerism and clothes that match you will want to shop at thrift shops or vintage stores. Your youth choir uniform collection from a few decades ago might also work.
Wearing skinny jeans and too small v-neck t-shirts will help you lead worship songs in their original keys. Wearing Spanx compression apparel underneath will help you keep your body parts in their original keys.
Donning oversized thick plastic rimmed eyewear screams “bohemian cool” but also still whispers “ample trifocal space.”
Sport a hairstyle that only appears as if it hasn’t been washed or coiffed. Your daily mid-afternoon power nap should help achieve this look.
Old-school sneakers or Toms flats should adorn your feet. You might want to buy a slightly larger pair to accommodate your plantar-fasciitis orthotics.
Sipping a soy chai latte and calling the barista by his first name at an artisinal coffee boutique always inspires worship planning creativity. Hint: Dunkin Donuts is not an artisinal coffee boutique.
Tote your Apple products (no PC stuff) to the coffee boutique in a courier bag. Carrying a backpack, briefcase or event branded swag bag are analogous to wearing Sansabelt slacks.
Plugs, piercings and tattoos are optional.
You’ve got to be an early adopter of new musical genres. Don’t wait until you hear it as muzak in the Christian bookstore to embrace it.
Unkempt facial hair is mandatory (guys only).
Scarves have taken the place of silk neckties and can be worn with v-neck t-shirts or even fitted hoodies. But they are never to be worn with camp shirts, golf shirts or anything from Sears.
Following these basic guidelines will help you better conform to hipster nonconformity and ultimately worship leading relevance. How could God not show up for that?