Required Reading: The Worship Pastor by Zac Hicks

I haven’t recommended a lot of books on WMC over the 10 years we have been doing this little thing. There have been some like Paul Baloche’s God Songs, that I would definitely still recommend.  I’m sure there have been a few others, but not many. There are reasons, mainly because I’m a slow reader and I don’t like to recommend something I wouldn’t stand behind. 

Well, I want you to know, I would stand behind this book by Zac Hicks. By the way, we had him on the podcast a while back to talk about this book, so if you haven’t listened to that, you’ll want to go and check that out!

But, I wanted to give you a little reminder about the book. As we have said on the podcast many times, being a worship leader, even if you’re not being paid to do so, is about much more than simply getting up on stage on a Sunday morning and singing a few songs. That’s what we called the song leader. We don’t have that anymore.

But it also goes beyond, way beyond what takes place on a Sunday morning. Whether it’s your official title or not, if you’re leading worship in your church you are a pastor. You have responsibilities to your team and to the congregation. You have a role to play in building your relationship with your senior pastor.

We need to think long and hard about what we do, why we do it and how we do it. When we gather on a Sunday, that time is highly valuable time. Have we put the time and effort necessary into preparing ourselves, our teams and our churches for that time?

This book is not a light book. It’s not a book that you can just peruse through. You can flip through it and pick up nuggets. But there is a lot of rich content in this book. I don’t agree with everything Zac lays out in the book, but rarely do I ever agree with everything in a book. It’s still worth reading on, even if you disagree.

I love the emphasis and focus on worship being a primary function of the body of Christ. It’s not about what we want as worship leaders, but about what our body needs as we lead them to the throne of God.

If you haven’t read the book, I’d strongly urge you to do so. If you’re just getting started as a worship leader, I would definitely say it’s required reading. If you’ve been a worship pastor for a long time, there is still a lot you can learn. Probably some stuff that will get you fired up again.

Take the time. Buy the book for yourself, maybe for your senior pastor to read with you, make the investment and it will pay dividends for you and your church community.