|painting by Igor Morski|
In recent years I've noticed a disturbing trend in many churches when it comes to the musical portion of our services. The church has a treasure trove of well-over 1,000 years of music (and the world is full of great songs), yet many set lists rarely move outside the CCM cloister.
Furthermore, what are we teaching our congregations about worship? If it is always the same thing over and over again; isn't this unfair to them?
As music leaders we say we embrace and applaud creativity, but the read-out of what we are actually doing often denies the veracity of such statements. You see, its one thing to say it – but talk is cheap isn't it? You have to DO IT!
We need to be intentional about why we do what we do. Who could be comfortable in your church? Who would find something in that music set list that connects with them in some way? Look at your congregation. What are their ages? Where do they come from?
Music leaders can set the standard in educating congregations in the multitudinous expressions of worship with an intentionality that welcomes people from different walks of life. One of the roles of the leader is to educate people, through music, that God can be worshiped in myriad ways, genres, and styles—and not just music.
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