[Marlene Kropf] and [Kenneth Nafziger] asked congregants about "incompetent" and "ineffective" song leaders. When song leaders are not confident about the material, make poor eye contact with the congregation, or do not show any life while leading, they detract from the overall congregational encounter with God. Even though as Mennonites we like to claim that no one role or office has the ability to b a conduit of God's presence or grace, the song leader during a Sunday morning service is capable of this.As pastoral ministry in the Mennonite Church changed in the last century from lay ministers to paid professionals, the demands upon pastors increased. Conversely, there was also much concern expressed that paid ministers would take over the responsibilities of the church, tiiey would hold too much power and audiority, and that the differentiation between the "clergy" and the "laity" would become accentuated. Therefore, the biblical concept of the "body of Christ" was the main driving metaphor to understand the church and pastoral leadership, and that the pastor was at the "same level" as everyone else.This misunderstanding of the "priesthood of all believers" created a scenario in which the pastor wanted to be seen as everybody else. In his book Never Call Them Jerks, Arthur Paul Boers describes moving into his new pastorate not wanting to be different than the otiier members. Ties weren't worn, so he didn't wear a tie. He strived "to be low-key and not 'on a pedestal.'" However, as time moved on, he began to see that, in fact, he was not like everybody else.
The pastor as choir conductor Ryan Siemens Canadian Mennonite; Nov 10, 2008; 12, 22; Docstoc pg. 4 Reproduced with permi
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