A Worship Pastor usually refers to a person in some Christian churches, largely in North America, who ministers within the church via music performance, as well as counseling and pastoring members of the church's music team.
This is a distinct role within a church, that contains elements of, and overlaps with some of the roles of a church music director and pastor, while being neither. Usually a worship pastor will also be considered a worship leader of the church with the added responsibilities of caring for members of a team, including other worship leaders.
A prominent Worship Pastor that I know is Darlene Zschech, the former worship pastor of Hillsong Church, who composed one of the most well-known modern worship songs, "Shout to the Lord".
- When did the term "Worship Pastor" originate?
- Is this use of the term very recent?
- Which denominations have Worship Pastors?