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

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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. It is meant to be read by pastors, worship leaders, worship teams, and anyone else interested in deepening their understanding and experience of worship.

Spring ’21

Recommended FLBC textbook for Principles of Congregational Life sessions taught by Andrew Hanson.
Required FLS textbook for Ministerial Acts course taught by Dr. James Molstre.

Spring ’20

Recommended FLBC textbook for Worship and Music of the Church course taught by Mr. Andrew Hanson, Director of Music.


While primarily geared toward musicians, The Worship Pastor is valuable for anyone with worship service leadership. Each chapter in this book offers a descriptive metaphor on who and what a worship pastor is: church lover, doxological philosopher, prayer leader, theological dietician, caregiver . . . In my mind, the three most valuable topics in this book include: 1) helping develop one’s own philosophy of worship, as well as music within worship; 2) understanding the ebbs and flows of a worship service within any historical structure—how a service moves from the Glory of God, to the Gravity of Sin, to the Grandeur of Grace; and 3) understanding the musicians in our congregations.
—Mr. Andrew Hanson