Out of Context: Mark Batterson

"Maybe the central task of a worship leader is to keep worship from becoming routine? Maybe the central task of a teaching pastor is to keep the Bible from becoming routine? Maybe the central task of a lead pastor is to keep church from becoming routine?"

-Mark Batterson is pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C. Taken from "Preaching with Half a Brain" in the Winter 2007 issue of Leadership journal. To see the quote IN context, you'll need to see the print version of Leadership. To subscribe, click on the cover of Leadership on this page.

March 16, 2007

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March 15, 2007  9:58pm

I appreciate the thought and intent behind Rev. Batterson's quote. Nonetheless, as the quote reads, it's too facile, too market/soundbite ready for my tast. The central task of the worship leader is to lead in worship. The central task of the teaching pastor is to teach. The central task of a lead pastor is, old-fashioned and antiquated though it might seem, to pastor. Keeping things from being routine? That's worth thinking about; it's definitely worth unpacking a bit. I wouldn't want to take it too the extreme–change for change's sake and all that. Routinized or ritual things can be beautiful and enriching as often as they can be made staid and boring. Put it this way, would the quote have as much impact if the implicit were made explicit, by saying: "Leading in worship is secondary to the worship leader's central task. Teaching the bible is secondary to the teaching pastor's central task. Pastoring is secondary to the lead pastor's central task. Everything is secondary to the primary need to keep things from being routine." Hmmm, not so much.

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