Often we hook on to buzzwords in church leadership circles and the newest and latest is creating a “worship culture” which could mean anything, right? What is culture? What is worship? These are hugely broad terms. To provide clarity and sanity for others, and myself here is an attempt at defining what this is code for then to offer some hope as to what it should be.
MYTHS: Creating a worship culture is…
- Doing the latest music, and looking and sounding like the stage at Catalyst Conference or a Hillsong United stadium event.
- Having everyone jump up and down and sing louder and sound like the multiple room microphones on a Passion recording.
- Use of tap delay guitar riffs and so forth…
- Doing modern worship AND having the older members cheer you on!
- Having everyone brag about their “God encounter” at your church meetings.
Well, admittedly the above is a bit of hyperbole with the point being that sometimes phrases like “creating a worship culture” are thrown around to charge the worship leader or creative arts leader in the church with overnight rocking the socks off the people with amazing worship—whatever that means.
Somehow, there has to be a reality as to what creating a worship culture might be. Here is a my minor crack at that. A good worship culture…
- Crafts a biblical and indigenous language about expressing worship: What are “worship” services supposed to do? Answer this and you earn a prize!
- Models characteristics of a worshiper: It is not just about the production. Its about things that last beyond the weekend.
- Reaches inter-generationally: Its not about “style of music” its about relationships and intentionality of building bridges.
- Expresses originality: You can be a cover band or you can use your music, media and other creative elements to tell your unique story.
- Values worship Monday through Saturday as much as Sunday: This means that a local church should want people to grow every day and worship everyday, not just when the tunes begin.
There are more myths and good points to a worship culture. Can you tell me which ones you like or do not like or offer you own?