A couple of posts ago, I shared with you my Top Ten living musicians that I would love to see as Music Ministers in a local church. Today, I give you my Top Ten guys (whether musicians or not) who are not alive that I would have loved to see as Music Ministers. Many of them didn’t profess Christ so assume that they would be truly converted and on staff at a church in today’s world.
10. David Gates. The lead singer for the 70′s band Bread. He sang such noble songs as “If“, “Diary“, “Aubrey“, and “Daughter”. How awesome would it be to hear him lead congregational singing and write songs to the glory of God?
8. Keith Green. I know he was already a worship leader and an amazing song-writer and born-again believer. I’m just letting my imagination run wild with the idea of his serving today in a local church. I would settle for his just being still with us now.
7. Martin Luther. This man loved music. He is known more for being the father of the modern reformation and rightly so. But most aren’t aware that he is also the father of the modern hymn. I would love to see how he would have led a congregational celebration in song of the Savior.
6. Isaac Watts. My favorite hymn writer–without question.
5. Frank Sinatra. He was a master communicator. I’m sure that a congregation under his leading would have never missed a word of any song they sang.
4. Paul the Apostle. If for no other reason, it would give clarity to his epistles as to how congregational singing should look like–not to mention all of corporate worship.
3. Freddie Mercury. No one had more energy and charisma. And what a voice! Oh to see his heart regenerate and dedicated to the glory of God. Church services would have certainly been a God-glorifying event with him as the Music Minister.
2. King David. I would think that the writer of the majority of the Psalms would be a fascinating observation. Plus, it would be indescribable to see his reaction to have the full canon and revelation of the Gospel and how that would affect his song leading.
1. Luciano Pavarotti. A freak of nature. There will never be another voice like his. The biggest challenge for me would be paying attention to the song texts and not marveling at the sound. But just at least once, I would have loved to hear him worship and sing “How Great Thou Art” or “In Christ Alone”.