Churches throughout the world are struggling with what style of worship is appropriate for their setting. Many churches find themselves dying, stuck to old forms of worship that once were very meaningful, yet now don’t seem to engage the people in meaningful worship nor speak a language that the unchurched can understand. In the 50’s and 60’s, worship was pretty similar among Southern Baptist churches and most sang from a common source—the Baptist Hymnal. Today, things have changed drastically and church leaders are struggling to determine what their church’s corporate worship should look like. There are many factors to consider in this quest.
Coming in 2013, the Baptist State Convention of NC will be offering three Worship Summits that will help leaders dive into some very important issues impacting corporate worship:
- What is the biblical basis of worship?
- What does it mean to worship God with all our being?
- What role should personal preferences play in worship?
- How should culture impact corporate worship?
- How should a missionary mindset impact corporate worship?
- How is worship and discipleship intertwined?
- Is unified worship the best way to go?
- What style of worship is appropriate for my church?
- If a church does sense God’s leadership to change, how can that be done in a healthy, God-honoring, people-loving manner with biblical integrity and musical excellence?
- March 9 Hephzibah Baptist Church in Wendell (Raleigh area). Register online. Cost $5.00 without lunch, $12.00 with lunch
- August 24 in Charlotte region. (more details coming soon)
- October 26 in eastern NC (more details coming soon)
The Worship Summit begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and runs through 12:15 p.m.
These Worship Summits are a part of the Worship Leader Boot Camp events, which also go into depth with the musical aspects of worship. For more information, go to www.WorshipLeaderBootCamps.org.
Conceivably, a church could send the senior pastor and worship team to the Worship Leader Boot Camp, and several people interested in worship or instrumental in leading worship renewal in the church to the Worship Summit. This would ground a leadership core in your church in gaining vision for renewal and equipping them with the tools for change. This could be a major step in achieving renewal in the church.
For more information about the differences in the Worship Summit and Worship Leader Boot Camp events and their target audiences, please visit our FAQ page.