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The State of Church Music (in the Worship Era) Part 2

A few weeks ago, I posted the first video in a three-part series discussing, “The State of Church Music (in the Worship Era).”

Today, part two features Mike Harland asking (State Music Directors) the following questions and topics:

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Learning from a Parody on Contemporary Worship

Often, churches change their worship styles for the wrong reasons, using a formula they see in mega churches. A few years ago, North Point Community Church produced a parody video on this. James Emery White of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, helps us analyze the pitfalls in this approach.

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The State of Church Music (in the Worship Era)

Several months ago, LifeWay Worship Director, Mike Harland, met with several of our State Worship & Music Directors to discuss, “The State of Church Music (in the Worship Era).”

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Transitioning Your Church’s Corporate Worship – Part One

Many churches today realize there is a need to transform their times of corporate worship from a traditional style to a unified (some would say “blended) or more contemporary style of worship. My Worship Wars series will help you think through some of these issues. Once a church decides to make a change, your next steps can really help or hurt the process.

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Worship Wars

(This is the first article of a 10-part series)

Take a look at this excerpt from an U.S newspaper objecting to the new trends in church music:

There are several reasons for opposing it.
One, it’s too new.
Two, it’s often worldly, even blasphemous.
The new Christian music is not as pleasant as the more established style.

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On Easter Sunday we will commemorate the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Resurrection Sunday is a time to celebrate as we realize the confident hope we have in Christ. Through His sacrificial death, and his triumphant bodily resurrection, Jesus made it possible for us to become reconciled back to God the Father.

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