Aquila Report – Dear Worship Pastor: It’s Not About You

And for the new year, The Aquila Report has posted an [article](http://theaquilareport.com/dear-worship-pastor-its-not-about-you/) written by Timothy Dalrymple from Patheos.com urging better ‘praise and worship’ style leadership, with this as the introductory paragraph:

> I enjoy praise and worship. I really do. And I appreciate the enormous effort and the talent that goes into excellent worship leadership. I hesitate to admit the following, because it seems like someone with a theology doctorate ought to be motivated by more cerebral concerns, but a significant (major but not main) part of why I made Perimeter Church my home church is because I enjoy it so much when Laura Story (whose “Blessings” won a Grammy this past year) leads worship there. That woman has an anointing; that’s the only way I can explain it. I am *moved* by her voice and her worship leadership.

Wow. So much broken in such a short introduction — where to begin?

* The Aquila Report focusses on news from a very broadly Reformed and Presbyterian interest perspective; what a shame that an article focussing on fine-tuning ‘praise and worship’ style leadership is worthy of editorial interest in such a religious news venue. Note, it definitely *is* the right editorial choice given the Presbyterian and Reformed landscape today. *That’s* what is a shame.
* Perimeter Church hides it well, but it is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. From what I know of modern church growth dogma, strong denominational convictions are considered a hinderance to outreach, so that may be the motivation for the leadership of Perimeter Church downplaying their PCA affiliation. I could be thankful that they don’t make their affiliation obvious since their worship practice is so embarrassing, but of course Perimeter’s practice is exactly what the mainline of the PCA is all about. So really, why hide it?
* Practically speaking, Dr Dalrymple considers Laura Story of Perimeter Church to be a Worship Pastor. I suppose that Perimeter’s leadership would dispute that assessment, but this is a practical reason why we shouldn’t have women lead in worship. The role of leading in worship is *pastoral* and thus belongs to the ordained ministry, the pastors of the church.
* And, Dr Dalrymple has determined that Laura Story has an anointing! She is uniquely and supernaturally gifted by the Holy Spirit for her pastoral office and calling? Really? By his own confession, this is his *emotional* assessment. However, we know from the Scriptures that his is an errant assessment. This is a good example of why we worship ‘head first’ so that our heart may be enflamed by truth and not led into error.

Let us pray for a revival of Confessional Presbyterianism in our day. Let it start with us.

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Pastors Necessary to the Church

The French Confession (1559)

Article XXV — Pastors Necessary to the Church

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And forasmuch as we are not made partakers of Christ but by the gospel, we believe that the good order in the church, which was established by His authority, ought to be kept sacred and inviolable; and, therefore, that the church cannot subsist unless there are pastors, whose office is to instruct their flocks, and who having been duly called and discharging their office faithfully, are to be honored and heard with reverence. Not as if God were tied to such ordinances or inferior means, but because it is His good pleasure in this way to govern us. So that for these reasons we detest all those fanatical persons who, as much as in them lies, would totally abolish the preaching of the Word, and the administration of the sacraments.

Dennison, James T. Jr., Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation, Volume 2, 1552–1566 (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2010), 149.

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