According to Wlison Carlile College, Sheffield. Last year they had the following training for ministry:
3 Pastoral Workers
6 Lay Readers
16 Worship Leaders
What does this tell you about our society? In our celebrity saturated world, everyone wants to be a singer. We certainly have more role models of singers than evangelists. I'm sure most people would rather be Matt Redman than Billy Graham!
What I'd like to see is some activists or prophets on the list. Any better suggestions anyone?
I certainly don't think this is morally neutral. There are consequences for the church in co-opting the values of pop culture.