The Friday pickle - who cares what worship leaders look like?

Posted by Craig Borlase on 26 July 2013

Let’s go back in time. It’s the early days of the world of modern worship music, and nobody seems to really notice what the worship leaders look like. You may have spotted that Graham Kendrick obviously has a pretty good beard trimmer and you’ve worked out that the Vineyard guys like Carl Tuttle, Andy Park and Brian Doerksen all have an eye for a bargain whenever it’s sale time at GAP. But you don’t really want to dress like any of them, do you? And if any of them do have a publicity photo it’ll most likely have been hurriedly taken in a church car park one Sunday afternoon. None of them look remotely cool, and that’s just fine.

Buckle up and come back to the present and notice the difference that 20 years makes.  That (male) worship leader you like probably isn’t wearing make-up at the big worship event, unless it’s being filmed in HD. There’s a good chance they’re still wearing the same clothes that the stylist picked out for them when they spent the day on a photo shoot for their latest album. Those band shots look great, by the way, and while they’re not selling posters or calendars at the end of the event, we all know which worship leaders are the best at keeping on trend.

So today’s Friday pickle is simple: does any of this matter? Does fashion have a place in worship? Are we at risk of turning the musical priesthood into a moronic preen-fest? 

Or maybe you see it the other way. There’s nothing wrong with looking good, and Revelation contains some pretty jaw-dropping descriptions of worship-oriented set design, lighting and - yes - costumes. If we have a problem with someone liking to look good, doesn’t it say more about our own issues than theirs?

Tell us what you think. Even if you are really, really ridiculously good looking.

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