Question of the Week: How Far Is Too Far With Worship Ministry?

There are usually two ends of the spectrum when it comes to worship ministry.

On the one hand, there are those who see the modern influences of technology, modern music, multi-media, and other production elements as extremely negative. I’m not just talking about the King James only, Retirement Community only churches of America. There are people of all ages and backgrounds, in churches all over who fear the modern shift in worship ministry. They go out of their way to avoid the modern eases.

On the other hand, there are those who embrace every aspect of the modern. They have multi-media presentations on the highest quality projectors money can buy. Their bands are made of all studio musicians and the light shows rival broadway.

As a worship pastor, sifting through what’s right and wrong with regard to method is important. I think anyone attending church, especially with any role of leadership needs to ultimately wrestle with this issue. What is the balance? Should we refrain from any modern influence for fear of going too far? Just because we can do something with regard to production and technology, should we?

How far is too far with worship ministry? In a recent article in Relevant, they asked ten worship leaders questions along these lines. Be sure and check it out as you work through this and weigh in below with your thoughts. Has worship ministry gone too far with technology and where is the balance?

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2 thoughts on “Question of the Week: How Far Is Too Far With Worship Ministry?

  1. We recently (well, six months ago now) moved and finding a new church has been a bit of a challenge. It is timely that I read your post now, because two weeks ago we visited a church, and while many of the people were friendly and the message was great, the worship music was such an incredible distraction for both my husband and myself. We left; looked at one another; and agreed we felt like we had just left a pep rally or a rock concert. Unfortunately, we did not mean that in a positive way. The music distracted from the worship and was overboard for us (fog machine, strobe lighting, etc). We were both perplexed, because we are used to modern worship music, including a band, but when we narrowed it down we were distracted by the show.

    On the other hand, I believe that because it did not work for my husband and myself does not mean that this type of worship and worship music is not reaching a lot of people in a positive way. Many young people– single, newly married, and a few with children– were very much immersed in worshiping God in a meaningful way, and for that I will always be thankful.

    Not a whole lot of conclusion in my comments, but rather more of a description of recent experience. đŸ™‚

  2. A lot of today’s worship experiences spring from the one humanly manufactured for us on Sundays. Assuming that it is delivered in a spirit of humility, bathed in prayer and saturated with grace, God can use it in a profound way. I think it’s always wise to avoid the extremes of understatement (poor sound systems or inferior lighting enhances required for bigger venues) t
    and overstatement (garish enhancements that draw attention to themselves or itself at the expense of a focus on God.

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