Examine Your Labor

2014 Doxology and Theology Conference

In this 24-minute session from the 2014 The Doxology and Theology Conference, Harold Best shares a poetic message challenging worship leaders to examine the aim of their efforts.  Harold Best was Dean of the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College for over twenty-five years. He is an organist, composer, and author of Unceasing Worship.  

Harold challenged worship leaders to follow the “ancient paths” of worship, rather than forging new paths. How would you describe the “path” you’re on? In what ways did Harold challenge or encourage you?
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Harold talked about laboring as worship leaders. He said:

  1. There is a difference between labor and what it produces. 
  2. We labor in things that have no power in themselves.
  3. Labor in worship, not management. 

Which of these points was most impactful to you and why? How can you implement this understanding of labor to your work as a worship leader today?
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Harold encouraged, “Purify yourselves, biblicize your minds, train your hearts, and all things music will then become pure.” What might these spiritual practices look like in your life?
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Examining our path and the motivation of our labor may feel daunting and discouraging, but that is where we meet Jesus. And in His presence we find rest and true worship.  

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