Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars

For those who want to take the stage but not the glory

Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars, by Moody Publishers, is written by Stephen Miller as a guide to help Christian worship leaders know who they are, and who they are not. Stephen Miller is a worship pastor, has recorded albums, and leads worship for conferences all over the country. In this book, Miller exhorts his fellow worship leaders to make Jesus the center of all their efforts. 1

Design Corps was involved in every facet of the design of Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars. designing the cover, the interior, and finally developing the page composition for the book.


Design Process

cover concepts for Worship LeadersAs usual, we started by asking questions about the content, the audience, and similar titles to Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars. But we also paid particular attention to what were the author’s impressions about what the cover should be. This led to looks ranging from tongue-in-cheek rock posters, to folksy indie cover art; from heavy metal grunge to business-minded symbolism.

Two very different concepts were developed. Both of these developed covers included in them a lot of fine detail that gave each cover a rich feel in their own way. The first spoke to the artist. It had a folksy artistry on it that is popular with many indie bands. This art referred to what was to be the core of the worship leader: Christ and God’s Word in their heart. The folk art was built with seven different illustrations including a scroll, a heart, a music score, a sound board graph, a cross, and a scripture reference.

In the end this concept was abandoned for one that spoke to a broader range. The second cover showed a sound board with central column pointing upward, implying that, no matter what the media, the message should point to Christ. The final cover added detail by using an illustration of a sound board mixer, to which we added a neon glow and a background close-up of an old monitor’s pixelation.


Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Paperback: 144 pages
Author: Stephen Miller


1- Amazon book description of Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars by Stephen Miller, http://www.amazon.com/Worship-Leaders-Are-Rock-Stars/dp/0802409865/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364319346&sr=1-1&keywords=worship+leaders%2C+stephen+miller , found March 26, 2013.