This list is nowhere near exhaustive but my hope is that it begins a larger discussion within church leadership as we move forward with the Gospel, let the cross be our focus and the Great Commission to be our ultimate decision filter. I am not isolated from the ideas above but instead include myself whole-heartedly as a prideful sinner in need of divine perspective and grace as often as a heartbeat.
There is a big difference between being a worship cover band and a worship band who plays modern worship tunes with their own creative spin on them. I prefer the second one and here are four reasons why you should too.
Since basically the introduction of contemporary music to the Church some fifty years ago, the worship team has become a central part of how the church goes about its ministry. In my experience, there really are two major camps out there on philosophy of worship ministry: in the left corner we have what I call the “Excellence Side” and then over on the right we find the “Ministry Side.”
It’s hard to admit that…right? It’s always easier to blame someone else for the problems we see instead of seriously looking to ourselves.
Styles have always changed and adapted, and modern worship leaders have always had their own sub-culture: a mix between tradition and MTV. Yesterday it was Journey and the NIV, today its Coldplay and Bible iPhone apps.
I can not remember exactly when it happened but somewhere along the way I became a cynic. I started to see things and experience situations that caused me to doubt the divine connection to what I had previously loved.