The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams by Zac M. HicksThe Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams by Zac M. Hicks

The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams

byZac M. Hicks

Paperback | October 11, 2016

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Modern worship leaders are restless. They have inherited a model of leadership that equates leading worship with being a rock star. But leading worship is more than a performance, it's about shaping souls and making disciples. Every worship leader is really a pastor.

The Worship Pastor is a practical and biblical introduction to this essential pastoral role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories it is organized to address questions of theory and practice, striving to balance conversational accessibility with informed instruction.

  • Part One presents a series of evocative "vignettes"--intriguing and descriptive titles and metaphors of who a Worship Pastor is and what he or she does. It shows the Worship Pastor as Church-Lover, Disciple Maker, Corporate Mystic, and Doxological Philosopher.
  • Part Two covers specific roles related to ministry within the worship service itself--the Worship Pastor as Theological Dietician, Caregiver, Mortician, Emotional Shepherd, War General, Prophetic Guardian, Missional Historian, and Liturgical Architect.
  • Part Three looks at ministry beyond the worship service--the Worship Pastor as Visionary Teacher, Evangelist, Artist Chaplain, and Team Leader.

While some worship leaders are eager to embrace their pastoral role, many are lost and confused or lack the resources of time or money to figure out what this role looks like. Pastor Zac Hicks gives us a clear guide to leading worship, one that takes the pastoral call seriously.


Zac Hicks is Canon for Worship and Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL). He writes regularly at He and his wife, Abby, have been married for over fifteen years and have four children.  
Title:The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and TeamsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310525195

ISBN - 13:9780310525196


Table of Contents

Introduction: Ready or Not, You're a Pastor!Part One: Pastoring Worshipers: Overarching ConceptsChapter 1: Pastor as Church LoverChapter 2: The Worship Pastor as Disciple MakerChapter 3: The Worship Pastor as Corporate MysticChapter 4: The Worship Pastor as Doxological PhilosopherPart Two: Pastoring Worshipers Through the Worship ServiceChapter 5: The Worship Pastor as Theological DieticianChapter 6: The Worship Pastor as CaregiverChapter 7: The Worship Pastor as MorticianChapter 8: The Worship Pastor as Emotional ShepherdChapter 9: The Worship Pastor as War GeneralChapter 10: The Worship Pastor as Prophetic GuardianChapter 11: The Worship Pastor as Missional HistorianChapter 12: The Worship Pastor as Liturgical ArchitectPart Three: Pastoring Worshipers Beyond the Worship ServiceChapter 13: The Worship Pastor as Visionary TeacherChapter 14: The Worship Pastor as EvangelistChapter 15: The Worship Pastor as Artist ChaplainChapter 16: The Worship Pastor as Team LeaderConclusion: The Worship Pastor as Failure

Editorial Reviews

This is book is an invitation to fundamentally re-envision the very identity of all of us who lead God's people in worship. We not are called to be performers and spiritual engineers. Rather, we are graced with the profound opportunity to shape a gifted response to the triune God, walking in step with God's Holy Spirit to give shape to the reception of God's Word and the response of God's people. My prayer is that this book will encourage and inspire both beginning and lifelong leaders of God's people, and lead to worship of greater theological depth and Christian joy. -- John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary