This week, Jonathan is on vacation, and I am in the Rocky Mountains at a speaking engagement. So we bring to you a classic episode of Rainer on Leadership on rapid changes in church worship services. We will be back with new episodes next week.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Hymnals are still alive, but screens are everywhere in churches.
- Multi is now normal—multi-venue, multi-site, multi-service, multi-lingual, multi-campus, and more.
- Our church services are more diverse because our neighborhoods and communities are more diverse.
- Worship wars used to be the primary source of conflict in the church, but they have begun to subside.
- People have a greater exposure to different types of worship styles now than in the past.
The nine rapid changes in church worship services we discuss today are:
- Choirs are disappearing.
- Dress is more casual.
- Screens are pervasive.
- Preaching is longer.
- “Multi” is normative.
- Attendees are more diverse.
- Conflict is not increasing.
- More worship attendees are attending larger churches.
- Sunday evening services are disappearing.
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