Last November I was in Seattle at the Acts 29 Resurgence conference and had the opportunity to spend some time with the Mars Hill Worship Pastor, Tim Smith. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Tim and talking to him about topics including the Psalms, Jonathan Edwards, physical expressiveness in worship, and how to organize music teams in the church. I found Tim to be thoughtful, humble, and committed to searching the Scriptures to better understand what it means to worship God.
While I was there, Tim took the opportunity to interview me on video for about two hours. Acts 29 posted a video on their site, but it’s over an hour long. I plan to post clips of the interview here because if you’re like me, you don’t have over an hour to watch an interview.
In this six minute section I’m responding to Tim’s question about something we had talked about in an earlier conversation. I said that if worship leaders simply lead people into a desire to repeat what we just did, or the “worship experience,” we haven’t done what we’re called to do. I make the point that for worship leaders in the church, our job isn’t to lead a worship experience, but to build a worshiping community. I also touch on the purpose of the spiritual gifts on Sunday mornings and why we often feel like God is “more present” when we gather.