Worship Mythbusters is a series of posts debunking myths about worship in the local church today. Join the discussion with fellow worship leaders, pastors and worshippers. Are you ready for your thinking to be challenged?
Without question, the most visible, budgeted, debated and yet most poorly defined activity we engage in weekly is our weekend worship service. Yet, who can clarify whether or not a worship service was a “win” or not? And, who owns whether it was a win or not?
There are a lot of problems that arise when things are left fuzzy in leadership–especially so when everyone has an opinion about the matter. Without a purpose and definition, we all lose to bad behavior in our churches. After all, our passive-aggressive rejection of being pinned down on this topic from those of us who lead leave the people in our church to make up their own mind about it. We enable ignorance and pay the price later.
The “deliverables” a worship team are measured by are partly subjective. Music, an activity in most churches, is an art form. But, what makes it “good” or effective? How much production excellence can volunteers with little time and resources achieve? The church around the corner has the latest gear, why don’t we? Is a worship leader only a guy with a guitar, or can it be a woman on piano? Is our worship relevant or too worldly?
I would love to discuss with you the following statement. It is my observation that we enable immaturity and disunity when we do not equip our leaders and congregation to have understanding and definition in their expectation of corporate worship. Saying “we worship every day” is not enough. Why do we worship on the weekend? What is the purpose of our gathering and the defined win by having it?
Here is the statement posed for discussion:
When you deal with subjective deliverables without defining the win in leading people into worship a vacuum for immaturity grows.