Podcast Episode #322
Mike Harland is back to talk worship and this time we discuss labels of music styles and if it’s possible to have a congregation unified about worship styles.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- “The lack of unity in worship is an indictment on the worship that’s happening in our churches.”
- “You cannot build unity in a church around a music style.”
- “Because of music style trends, we’ve seen a generational segregation in the church.”
- “By naming a service after a style of music, you’re setting it up to disappoint the attendees.”
- “When you name a service based on stylistic worship, you’re painting yourself into a corner.”
- “When planning musical worship, instead of thinking music genres, think worship moments.”
- Worship planning is spiritual preparation, not just musical preparation.
- Worship is our response to God’s revelation.
The five points we discuss about unity in worship are:
- Carefully select your language
- Aim for atmosphere & moments, not music style
- vary accompaniments/voicing
- avoid template worship planning
- Focus on what doesn’t change
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