The question "who may lead worship?" was asked in a recent edition of Worship Leader and I am curious as to how CRC churches have puzzled this one out. Can anyone be a part of a worship team or must they be a professing member in good standing? What about new Christians who are still trying to figure out what it means to live as a Christian? Do we expect a certain amount of spiritual maturity to be exemplified by our worship leaders?
On the one hand you want to encourage non-Christians to attend and become a part of the fellowship with prayers that the Holy Spirit will use those experiences to bring him/her to believe in Christ. But should a non-Christian musician be part of a worship team? Does it make a difference if they are a bass guitarist, organist, or singer? What is a church to do if this is the only musician they can find?
On the other hand how can a non-Christian lead Christians in worshiping the Triune God when they themselves do not believe?
Has your church faced this dilemma? Maybe it was the request of a choral group that wasn’t explicitly Christian that led you to have this discussion? What has your church decided to do? Do you have a written policy?