Archive for May, 2010

Is Blended Worship Effective?

May 7, 2010

An expert weighs in. Blended worship doesn’t work very well. An interesting take on a creative attempt to keep people happy!

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I was reading Rich Kirkpatrick’s blog post called “Contemplations & Conversations on Creative Leadership: ‘Too Good’ Part 3”.

The entire series is actually pretty good, but what really caught my attention are some of the comments he makes about “blended worship”:

“One of my favorite ‘old school’ contemporary Christian songs is Steve Taylor’s “I Want to Be A Clone.” We homogenize rather than synergize. Like a blender creating slop, we put two independently perfect items and destroy their uniqueness. This is why “blended worship” is not as effective as ministries that choose to have services with a focus. It seems far better to have a traditional service done with excellence than to mix Steve Fee on a pipe organ or Isaac Watts with a banjo. Actually, the Isaac Watts thing sounds cool, I have to admit.

“Now, I am not against blended worship, I am just concerned about the purpose some have in neutering art in their church. If you cannot pull off modern worship to sound its best or traditional worship to sound its best why try? Why not program what you can accomplish uniquely well?

“Indigenous worship is a far better choice. We use that word in global missions, but I think for worship and creativity in the local church that it makes perfect sense. The concept is that it should be important to tell our faith community’s story. While we should not be afraid to jump on trends and movements of God’s Spirit around the world, it should be our staple to make our expressions of worship flavored and colored by the stories of God’s presence and work locally.”

Perhaps this caught my attention because this is something I talk about frequently here and other places. Don’t try to do something that God didn’t equip you to do. Some churches force traditional worship styles when they don’t have the musicians / vocalists to pull it off. MANY churches try to pull off certain contemporary worship styles when they don’t have the people with the skills. The net result is a sloppy worship offering to God.

Another question that came to mind while reading this article: I know TONS of churches that do blended worship. I don’t know of a single one that I would call effective at the Great Commission. Every single one that I can think of plateaus at a relatively small number.

Honestly, until I read this, I never actually thought that forcing blended worship might actually be a bad idea.

What are your thoughts on blended worship?
What does your church do here?
Is your church growing and adding to it’s numbers?

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Texting During Church. Is It OKAY?

May 2, 2010

Every now and then, when the pastor says something especially interesting, I’ll text it to my “status update distribution service” that will in turn send it to twitter, facebook, and about 20 other social networking sites that I don’t really pay attention to but am on anyway.

Today this became an issue, but not by people at church, by people on facebook who don’t think that I ought to be texting while service is in progress.  What is really interesting is that the whole thing that started it was a friend of mine who probably isn’t saved made a joke about me sending a text during church.  Her comment pretty much launched an interesting conversation about whether or not I did was appropriate.

This is what I sent out to the world:

“Wow… the pastor just encouraged his church to pray FOR our leaders and not AGAINST.  Nice!”

This is the second reply:

“U should ask that pastor to come to Kenya.  We need tremendous intercession for our leaders.”

Now, I consider this a huge victory!  Not only did I get to share with the people who subscribe to my feeds this simple yet interesting thought, but I also learned about something that I needed to pray for today!

In my opinion, I think that texting during church is a great thing.  I know that several of you here do it.  Especially when the pastor says something interesting that is worth (and easy) to share.

What is your opinion?

The worldle for this post:

Wordle: Texting During Church