As of today, I have seen the future of the modern worship movement, and even now, I am convinced that we are not being well-served. Today I got to observe the height of performance-oriented worship formatting; songs that were completely unfamiliar pitched in keys that rendered them completely un-singable. I also saw the approach toward casual dress of platform/stage personnel at its worst. I also observed song lyrics that simply cannot be supported theologically. Throughout it all, I was expected to remain standing.
Oddly enough, part of the reason we decided to take our free Sunday at this church was because of its history and reputation for outstanding worship. I really don’t want to be a curmudgeon, but I honestly feel that worship leaders to need to rethink some basics before assembling a worship set.
- At least one hymn (yes, mostly for demographic reasons, but also for theological ones)
- At least one modern hymn (as in Townend, Kendrick, Gettys, Sovereign Grace)
- At least one modern worship composition that proved itself in the ’80s, ’90s or early ’00s.
- For another two songs, you can have your recent modern worship songs, but try to go with something of substance. (Doerksen or Baloche for at least one would be nice)
There’s a five song worship song list I could live with.
In the meantime, if I were in leadership at the church we attending this morning, I would be convening an emergency meeting early in the week.
Just because your church has achieved success numerically is no reason to assume you’re doing everything right.