In a recent post on why people aren’t singing in church anymore, I stated: “What has occurred could be summed up as the re-professionalization of church music and the loss of a key goal of worship leading – enabling the people to sing their praises to God. Simply put, we are breeding a culture of spectators in our churches, changing what should be a participative worship environment to a concert event. Worship is moving to its pre-Reformation mess.” Read more
My missions team just returned from a sixteen-day trip conducting worship leader training in two countries in Southeast and East Asia. In one of these countries, Christians don’t have the freedoms that we have in the United States to openly worship God. They have experienced extreme persecution for years–many dying for their faith. I was amazed by many things: Read more
I recently had opportunity to worship in another country—one that does not have the freedom that we currently enjoy. Every time I have been blessed to lead worship or participate in worship in these closed countries, I am amazed at the passion and fervor of their times of worship. Read more
My family was out of state this past weekend and attended a “blended” service Sunday morning. I realize many of our churches are struggling to determine what their corporate worship should look like, but unfortunately (as I experienced this weekend), what I see in most settings is a rush to move from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Many churches choose to have worship that separates congregations by generations, such as a separate children’s worship or youth worship. Additionally, churches offer several styles of worship which often divide congregations along generational lines. I talked some about this in my Worship Summit video, Unified Worship. Today, I share with you a blog post written by my friend, Dr. Paul Clark, Jr., Director of Worship & Music Ministries for Tennessee Baptist Convention, who confronts the problem of ageism head on.
Often people feel that if they could just change their church’s worship style to be like the church across town or on television, the church will explode with growth. Read more
The way our worship leaders look on stage can aid in or greatly distract from our times of worship. I have witnessed services where the team members were emotionless, non-moving statues on stage. Others have been distracting in their countenance. Some have done a great job engaging the congregation in meaningful worship. Read more
A modern hymn that has been one of my favorites for several years is The Power of the Cross (Oh, to See the Dawn) by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. If your congregation is not yet singing this song, I highly recommend it. For this Holy Week edition of the blog, I want to share the song with you or simply remind you of it. Sit back, listen. and take in the profound lyrics. The song is available on LifeWayWorship.com with full orchestration. Read more