Tony Morgan has begun a discussion about whether or not church worship music needs fixing: Does worship music need to be fixed? This is something that I have often talked about with fellow worship leaders and pastors over the last few years. In particular, does what we do relate to unchurched people, too? Read his post and comment back!
To whet your appetite for what kind of conversation is going on there, read my comment I posted on his site…
KLOVE kills us in the church music biz. One small group of people decides what gets made and it seems like the big record companies pressure Christian artists to make "Christian" music–the same sound. The local church should be a place where unique and indigineous music thrives. But, look at the top songs. We all do them. "Here I Am to Worship" for instance or Tomlin, Crowder, etc. Modern worship, or not, we do the same stuff.
I really think though that the unchurched person is not as concerned about style as we are. We like to be "hip." Really, our preferences drive things, not our neighbors. I think unchurched people want authentic. They also want to understand what we are singing and talking about. Within those parameters, there is A LOT of freedom.
My ministry does 5 services with three styles of music. Really, this is generationally driven. I would prefer one style. But, the trend is clear for most churches that are larger. Multi-everthing. We are the iPod church, in an age of mass customization.
BOTTOM LINE: we believers are less satisfied then those who are unchurched with the music that we worship with at church. If it is good and authentic and intelligable, then they will connect in some way. REAL worship, within this fence, attracts. The problem is our insecurity to be authentic.