Age and Worship

Posted by Richard Harris | | Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Actually the title should be 'age and worship leaders' or age and ministers. In Gordon MacDonald's book A Resilient Life he tells a story about going to a conference for worship leaders and one of the first things that hit him was that the oldest person in the room besides him was probably about in their mid thirties and most of them were in their twenty's. Here is the deal, he thought to himself (I paraphrase) these young people are leading people in their 50's, 60's and 70's in worship. What do they know about people that age....Right on and I have thought this for years, even when I was in my 20's leading youth, what do I know about how to deal with a youth if I have never had one?..Before you leap on me here, don't worry I think young people can be good leaders they just have to have a sensitive heart to those older. They have to have good ears and an attitude that says 'I don't know everything." Another good attitude is to not have a condescending one toward parents whose kids are in trouble. Until you have been there you never really know how it feels or what it is like. Books are good as teaching tools but nothing teaches like experience....As I near 50 I wish I could go back and take back a few words and actions in ministry, really more than a few. Thank God he overcame my youthful mistakes and hopefully used me anyway...next lets talk about age in worship leaders...

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