Spoiled Church

As a continuation of Mark’s post, we had an awesome worship class yesterday with Pastor Aaron.

He talked to us about some of the amazingly produced worship CDs and services coming through America. There was a twist though…he was talking about how this can hurt worshippers because the church has an expectation to hear and see a perfectly produced Sunday morning. Our humble church cannot pull off a million dollar production like Joel Osteen, but our congregation expects to see it because it’s what’s on TV and it represents what a modern church should be.

We can’t let the strive for excellence make “producers” out of us instead of worshippers out of us. We cannot be so focused on the performance that we lose the heart. GOD FORBID the lights weren’t just right to set the atmosphere of worship. Shouldn’t our hearts set the atmosphere of worship???

Not to say the production and strive for excellence isn’t good, but we must be careful to not let it get in the way of true worship.

God may have moved in worship on Sunday, but I missed it because I was frustrated that the monitor wasn’t sounding right….At what point are we just putting on a concert??

Lights…camera…rock show:

huge concert

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9 thoughts on “Spoiled Church

  1. This is exactly what I’ve been thinking about today. As worship leader, my job is to make sure everything is done with excellence….but sometimes the stress of that gets in the way of true worship. How to find the balance?

  2. I’m still figuring it out too…someone has to worry about it because God does deserve our best. Maybe as the leader though, you can delegate some of the technical aspects and production of the service so you can focus on leading the people. Just an idea!

  3. “Shouldn’t our hearts set the atmosphere of worship???”

    I love that line.

    So many times we get caught up in what looks good during worship, when really what does our heart look like.

  4. I think this goes beyond worship. What are our attitudes when we go to church?

    “Oh great, the heat is set at 71 instead of 72, this is going to be awful”

    etc. etc.

    Christianity is a CHOICE to follow the ways of Jesus. We treat it like the Church is meant to serve us, when in reality it’s the polar opposite. Christianity is about giving of yourself freely.

  5. I think no matter what the music sounds like or the song is, God is still there and its our (the congreattion’s) desicion whether we are going to have that time with God or just want an “emotional” experience and then go back to our “normal” lives as soon as church is over. It’s like what you told me that night at Catalyst. Don’t stop chasing after and seeking God. Sometimes that fuzzy feeling isn’t going to be there, or that initial emotion of forgiveness…but God is there. That is my support. (I think you guys do an awesome job by the way).

  6. Awesome, Judi. You’re words are right on. Excellence in services is to be sought. But when it becomes our god and ours eyes are on it or its lack, we’ve miscalculated what we think God wants from us, our duties instead of our hearts.

  7. Judi – this is a an extremely difficult issue to balance. Our production and media department at Cross Point has a vision to “remove distractions”. Their focus is to make the service as seemless as possible so that people can just focus on worshiping God rather than wondering why the lights did that or notice a lyric was wrong, etc. But to your point, the people thinking about these things then are not able to really engage in worship because they are having to think technically. One of the ways we deal with this is to make sure that the people that serve in these areas (volunteers or staff) also have times where they are just attending a service for the purpose of worshiping and don’t have to worry about the details.

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