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
I have written in other posts of the importance of incorporating video in worship. Many churches, thankfully, have entered the video world in the last few years, but often aren’t sure what to do now that they have the equipment. Some may even be using their technology in ways that can harm worship or divide the congregation.
If you were to line up every person in your church and ask them to quote all the Bible verses they know, then ask those same people to sing you a verse and chorus of every song they know, I think you would find that people know far more songs than they know Bible passages. This alone tells us how vitally important it is that the music we have our congregations sing each week MUST be sound theologically. Song evaluation is a vital component of our Worship Leader Boot Camps. Today, Mark Logan, of WorshipPlanning.com explores this more deeply. Read on:
In the Worship Leader Boot Camps and much of my writing, I lift up the importance of congregations actively participating in worship. Many of our congregations seem to breed a culture of spectators. Today, Keith Getty, well-known modern hymn writer, writes about ways we can improve the congregational singing in our churches. Read more
In looking at what is shown on screens in churches around NC, I see lots of great stuff. Unfortunately, I see a lot of really bad stuff as well. I am very excited about a new resource that can tremendously help our media teams to create excellent presentations for our worship services. Read more