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Are the Terms (Church Service) 'Music Team' and 'Worship Team' Synonymous?

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

I intentionally don't automatically refer to a church music leader as the worship leader nor a church worship music team as the worship team. My decision is not because I lack respect for the leaders, vocalists, and musicians. Firstly, during a weekend church worship service, there are many other members of the larger worship team besides the members of the music team who are at the front of the room. These include staff or laity who are speaking or leading parts of the service, the prayer team, and in some churches, possibly creative directors, service directors, audio operators, lighting operators, camera operators, and physical artists. Service participants may lead in welcoming, prayer, reading of Scripture, and more. Some may say that volunteers such as greeters, ushers, Welcome Centre hosts, connections staff and others should also be included. Secondly, it is not fair to the individuals themselves to place music leaders or members of the worship music team on a pedestal. These servants are already in the front. In the interest of their holistic well being and protection, referring to only them as the worship team can potentially contribute to unhealthy perspectives.

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