Unbelievers on the Worship Team

Recently I posted the following questions on The Worship Community Forums:

  1. Who should we allow on stage Sunday morning?
  2. What are your standards for allowing someone on the team?
  3. Can an unbeliever lead a believer in worship?
  4. Can the “worship team” be an avenue for evangelism? If so how?
  5. How do you incorporate evangelism into your worship ministry?

From the post: Non-Christians on the Worship Team

A lively discussion ensued.

You can see my answers to these questions on the forums.

What are yours? (comment here or there)

6 Responses to “Unbelievers on the Worship Team”


  1. 1 alex August 13, 2007 at 12:35 am

    That’s too deep for a Sunday night…

  2. 2 mandythompson August 13, 2007 at 10:56 am

    oh i don’t know…. makes me nervous, billy.
    i’ve faced that stuff b4.
    my question: how can they worship (or even lead worship for) a God they do not know…..
    i’ll have to check out the discussion.

  3. 3 Billy Chia August 13, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Alex,
    True enough. This had been written forever and I was just procrastinating on posting it.

    Mandy,
    Great question. I’d be curious to hear about your experiences either here or there.

  4. 4 Erin August 16, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Sounds like good discernment to me. I have to agree with a lot of what you commented. I think it’s awesome that this is being discussed. I’ve questioned that myself, and I’m not in worship ministry. ???

  5. 5 alex August 17, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    My brief thoughts:
    1. To each his own – many leaders chose to and not to. We must seek God’s heart in each situation
    2. I’ve seen many people grow as a result of being placed in a position of leadership
    3. God’s heart is always for the lost one, anything we can do to reach him should be considered
    4. I don’t think the church should used hired hands for the sake of using hired hands, there should always be an ulterior motive of life change
    5. There should always be leadership that knows Christ personally and desires to see the church worship the one true God

  6. 6 Chris September 11, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Hey man – just doing some back-reading on your blog and ended up here.

    I’ve had this question come up a couple times at my church and this is my standard answer: “I have to say YES to having unbelievers (or whatever you want to call them) on our worship teams because I WAS an unbeliever on a worship team.”

    True story. Before I came to faith I was playing on worship teams. Not leading – playing guitar, playing piano. Hearing all these songs talk about faith and devotion and sacrifice and love and I slowly – VERY slowly – was able to put all the pieces together.

    Right now at our church, all of our worship ministry volunteers are lifelong Christians. But I’m looking to change that šŸ™‚


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