I have a vision for God honoring, life changing, congregation building, kingdom growing worship that is easy to understand, challenging to accomplish and worth every effort for any church. You will learn all about it here on this website, but first, let me ask you a couple of questions:
Do you . . .
. . . wish you could stop having the same old arguments about musical style, worship environment, lighting, dress, sound, and any number of other things your congregation cannot agree on about worship?
. . . long for a congregation that comes to church ready to worship every week? Not simply participate, although better participation would be nice. No, I am talking about eager anticipation for engaging with God through the worship you lead.
Can you . . .
. . . imagine your church worship providing the spark that not only ignites during the service, but empowers people through God’s Spirit to go out and make a difference in the world?
. . . find encouragement if you knew that your congregation decided to come to worship passionately seeking God and God’s will for their lives even before they ever left their homes?
Are you . . .
. . . tired of the merry-go-round of new “innovative” products and ideas that constantly bombard you as you try to keep up with the latest in worship offerings (or if we are honest, keep up with the church down the street)?
. . . longing for a worship resource that is a renewal of spiritual depth and power, not a redesign of what is offered on the platform?
What if . . .
. . . there was a way to make the worship experience at your church have a greater impact, every Sunday, week in and week out and it did not involve a new song, or a new piece of equipment, or a new staff member?
. . . the power and quality of worship did not ride on your shoulders every week, but instead was shared by the whole church actively seeking God?
. . . there was a vision (and a resource) that could help you reach your congregation with new power and a spirit of renewal; or as it says in Revelations, a rebirth of that first love your church had for God, using the equipment, people and resources that you already have?
This vision is here and I believe it is the next step in the evolutionary renewal of worship.
Would you like to know more? Then keep reading because I want to share with you.
What make things different here than any other place you might look to for worship renewal thoughts and resources? Because I am not talking about adjustment of the worship you already have. I am talking about an entirely new focus. A focus that has been forgotten in the rush . . .
. . . to build the perfect worship service
. . . to sing the perfect song
. . . to develop the perfect lighting structure
. . . to find the perfect worship design formula
Ever since the rise of the contemporary worship movement, the focus of the entire “worship industry” has been on developing new and innovative ways to present the Gospel that are relevant to the modern congregation member. Much has been written and discussed about how to design and implement worship strategies that combine “this” and exclude “that,” rework “this” and renew “that.” We have picked apart the platform, dissected what we do as worship leaders and analyzed it to the finest degree. Speaking of degrees, we have developed newer and bolder leadership programs to make sure that our worship leaders are highly trained and supremely skilled at their jobs. We have implemented our plans, honed our skills and designs and then stood back to observe limited, often short term success that quickly fell flat, waiting for the next new development, the next new piece of equipment or song to lift us once again to those dizzying spiritual highs.
I deal with all of this in my upcoming DVD training series, A Purposed Heart for the Purpose of Worship and in my consulting program for all churches. But keep reading, there is more . . .
It is not that what we have been doing has not had merit: it has. The church, through its efforts in worship renewal, has reached out to new generations and new people groups who might never have looked at the church or heard the Gospel. The efforts to this point have spawned a new era of creativity, resurgence of visual art in the church, new musical expressions of love for God never imagined by this generation of believers (though not unique in the history of the church). However, we have done all of this and as so often before in so many other industries, renewal has beget renewal, reinvention has beget reinvention until new has become the driving force even if it is not necessary, at least not at the pace at which it is being implemented.
Why is all of this constant change, new invention, new songs, not as necessary as we are lead to believe as we examine all of the worship resources at our finger tips? Because we have missed one of the keys to the term congregational worship: the congregation.
By securing worship design as a leader prepared, leader presented and ultimately leader driven activity, we have reduced the role of the congregation to one of observer/participant. In the name of increasing congregational participation and understanding, we have actually reduced the role of the congregation to at worse mere observers and at best participants. No matter how you define it, however, the result is ultimately the congregation as the consumer of the worship we produce, even though we ask them to participate in the action of said worship. It is time we understand that if we want better worship in our churches we should not simply change our worship, we must change our congregations!
Again, I deal with all of this in my upcoming DVD training series, A Purposed Heart for the Purpose of Worship and in my consulting program for all churches. But I can’t wait, so keep reading, there is more . . .
I certainly do not mean replace our congregations. I mean change our congregations. Move them from participants to partners. Change them from receivers to initiators. Stop teaching them “worship” as in songs, prayers, etc., but rather teach them how to worship. Bring the congregation up to the same level of understanding as the worship leaders. Allow congregations to generate an expectation of themselves in worship, not just of their leaders in worship.
In developing leader designed and driven worship we have allowed the congregation to abdicate any responsibility they may have ever felt for the worship experience. Now if something is “not right” with worship in the church there is a very easy target for blame: leadership. And why not, leaders have assumed all of the responsibility for the preparation, presentation and execution of the worship event. Sure there may be volunteers involved, but usually they are merely doing what they have been prepared to do. Their role is as servant to the leader. The congregation is an observer with an invitation to participate if they feel so moved. Congregational worship becomes a “come and see what we have created for you to engage with this week!” Of course, these services end with the question, either up front or behind closed doors, “What did they think about worship this week?” Ultimately the participants also serve as consumer, judge and jury. But what if there is more?
I deal with all of this in my upcoming DVD training series, A Purposed Heart for the Purpose of Worship and in my consulting program for all churches.But you get this insight now, so keep reading, there is more . . .
I believe there is much more to this vision. Today’s churches have only scratched the surface of their worship potential if they have even gone that far. The greatest source of spiritual energy and a desire for a relationship with God is sitting in our chairs and pews, largely untapped because of the short sightedness of modern worship design. We have focused on providing quality worship experiences and timely sermon topics without providing the inspiration to connect with God, really developing a relationship with God through the redeeming grace of the Son and the amazing power of the Spirit, in the worship of the church.
But our congregations need more than an intellectual understanding of worship. They need a renewal of their heart for worship; a passion to meet God in worship that is as greater than their other desires. If you told your congregation that someone famous was coming to your church and they would get a chance to meet this person, more than likely your sanctuary would be full and buzzing on the day of this person’s appearance. People would arrive in anxious anticipation for the moment when the celebrity would show up and they would get their chance to meet this exceptional person. When was the last time your congregation came to church with that kind of energy, even before the band played a note, or the choir sang a song?
What if I told you that it is possible to kindle that kind of anticipation to meet God in the congregation you have? Notice that I said they came to church with that energy. Nothing you did on the platform provided that spark. In fact, no aspect of long term worship design made that impact. The reality is that once the initial changes have been made, you have nothing to do with the ultimate results. Imagine a room full of people anxious to meet God and all you have to do is provide direction instead of cheer leading. I am here to tell you that it is not only possible, it is biblical and we have missed seeing the forest because we have been grooming the trees of worship design and implementation.
I deal with all of this in my upcoming DVD training series, A Purposed Heart for the Purpose of Worship and in my consulting program for all churches.
If you are ready to know more about how you can make a difference with your congregation through worship you have two choices. You can wait for my upcoming DVD training series, A Purposed Heart for the Purpose of Worship and in my consulting program for all churches.to be released or you can contact me now at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on changing your congregation today or go to my consulting page to see what The Worship Doctor program has to offer.
Remember, it should not just be the platform trying to lead the pew, it should be the pew leading the platform as well.