The Pastor and Worship

Congregational leaders [pastors] should see that the planning and conduct of church services is ultimately their responsibility. It is a ministry that ideally will dovetail with preaching. Of course, the New Testament encourages the sharing of gifts and ministries by others. So pastors should teach about the nature and purpose of the gathering and should model how to make edifying contributions themselves. They should supervise the process of planning and conducting edifying gatherings, even if others are given substantial responsibility in this area.

—David G. Peterson, Encountering God Together, 77-78


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