Friday, February 6, 2009

Worship And The Unchurched

Below is part of an article titled Worship As Evangelism by Sally Morgenthaler.

"Early in 2005 an unchurched journalist attended one of the largest, worship-driven churches in the country. Here is his description of one particular service:

'The [worship team] was young and pretty, dressed in the kind of quality-cotton-punk clothing one buys at the Gap. 'Lift up your hands, open the door,' crooned the lead singer, an inoffensive tenor. Male singers at [this] and other megachurches are almost always tenors, their voices clean and indistinguishable, R&B-inflected one moment, New Country the next, with a little bit of early '90s grunge at the beginning and the end.

They sound like they're singing in beer commercials, and perhaps this is not coincidental. The worship style is a kind of musical correlate to (their pastor's) free market theology: designed for total accessibility, with the illusion of choice between strikingly similar brands. (He prefers the term flavors, and often uses Baskin-Robbins as a metaphor when explaining his views.) The drummers all stick to soft cymbals and beats anyone can handle; the guitarists deploy effects like artillery but condense them, so the highs and lows never stretch too wide. Lyrics tend to be rhythmic and pronunciation perfect, the better to sing along with when the words are projected onto movie screens. Breathy or wailing, vocalists drench their lines with emotion, but only within strict confines. There are no sad songs in a megachurch, and there are no angry songs. There are songs about desperation, but none about despair; songs convey longing only if it has already been fulfilled.'

No sad songs. No angry songs. Songs about desperation, but none about despair. Worship for the perfect. The already arrived. The good-looking, inoffensive, and nice. No wonder the unchurched aren't interested."

The rest of the article is really fascinating. It leaves me confident that if I try to build a great worship team, I will fail my calling. I have a to encourage my team to be deep worshippers. Worship is not something we do or a place we go... it's who we are. If we aren't worshipping God in the shower, the car, our living room... if we aren't living a life that displays worship to God in front of our neighbors... how do we expect to lead others in worship Sunday morning? Worship is not a show, it's authenticity. And it's our authenticity and God's love that is the most attractive thing to seekers.


Joey said...

Yeah Hope! Excellent!

Hope R. Clark said...

Yes, it is excellent...I love learning more about Him and how to display Him for others to see.