What Millennials Want in Worship

The collective wisdom of denominational analysts, church leadership gurus and congregational consultants is that Millennials reject traditional worship music in favor of contemporary music and churches that want to reach them must adjust their style of worship accordingly. I’m not so sure.   The millennial generation is the age cohort born from the 1980s through…

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What Homeless Veterans Can Teach Churches

Earlier this week I led the mid-week service at a local shelter for homeless veterans. But what began as a standard-issue Bible study for men who served our nation turned unexpectedly into a worship service that I believe has something to teach the church.   We met in the facility’s cafeteria, and the forty or…

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Why Worship Services Are the Church’s Best Means of Evangelism

Every evangelical church wrestles with evangelism—how to lead lost people to a personal faith in Jesus. We teach our congregations to share their faith with their friends and neighbors. We design special events to carry the gospel into our community. We make evangelistic outreach a cornerstone of our overall ministry.   The effort is critical to our…

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One Church’s Journey into Unified Worship

Three years ago our church changed the way we did worship. It was by far the hardest thing I’ve been through in church leadership (a list that includes a major church conflict in a church I served two decades ago and the relocation of a church I later served in North Carolina). As we approach…

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Man-focused or God-centered Worship?

With so many different styles, understandings, expectations and experiences of Christian worship, it’s hard to nail down a simple description of it. But a couple of weeks ago I had an eye-opening experience that revealed something I’d never considered: there are really only two choices in worship—and these aren’t the obvious categories of “traditional” or…

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Why Is Worship So Difficult for American Churches?

Jonathan Aigner, writing earlier this week in “Patheos,” has some great insights into the currents driving many—some would say most—of America’s churches in their worship. His piece has the dandy title, “Eight Reasons the Worship Industry Is Killing Worship.”   While I won’t try to unpack all eight of his reasons, it’s worthwhile to at…

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The Truth about Worship

Father God wants you, not some shallow religious loyalty. The affirmation of your praise and the admiration of your worship blesses Him, not because He needs them but because He wants you. The Scriptures tell us He is seeking worshipers, not worship. God isn’t insecure, needing our praise in order to feel good about Himself;…

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Victoria Osteen's Vision for Worship

Victoria Osteen made headlines across the country last week with a statement she made in church. Victoria is the wife of Joel and co-pastor with him of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, the nation’s largest congregation with an average Sunday attendance of 44,000 and an international television audience in the tens of millions. The two…

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Multigenerational Worship: How Can We Do It?

Tim Wright blogs this week about the self-inflicted crisis many churches are experiencing right now. As young adult church attendance continues to decline, Wright points to age-segregated worship services as the main culprit.   Wright observes that that over the last few decades, as churches have attempted to make their worship services more convenient for…

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True Worship

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water…

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