I spend a lot of time in thought. Probably too much. I sometimes will spend nights sitting up wide awake, staring at blank wall, wondering if we’ve completely miss it all. Everything we do at our churches…it’s in vain. I begin to wonder if we are merely a society that reflects what we’ve seen in other churches and christian venues around the world, and we’re truly living what God intended for the church to be. In that spirit, I begin to wonder if we are killing Sunday. As a leader in a church who is pastoring a flock of people, as well as giving out resources and advice to other worship leaders, I’m afraid that we are taking what God intended to be a sacred, God-centered time of celebration, and turning into a 60 minute over-the-top production.
And that scares me. Because I think I’m doing that too.
We all want our churches to grow. We all want our worship services to bring people to the Throne. But are we focusing so much on what we think people want, and not what they are spiritually craving? I really believe that might be the case. In that aspect, here’s some things I encourage each of you to try.
Stop playing it safe. I completely understand (and for the most part, apply) the seeker sensitive movement. It makes sense. It works. However, when we take this to the extreme and make Sunday an easy-does-it 60 minute program, we can destroy the Spirit moving in our presence. Let’s be honest, worship leaders: the gospel is not seeker sensitive. It’s for everyone. It’s love. It’s truth. And sometimes, the truth exposes our faults to make us better. Show these people who Jesus really is, and I promise you, the Spirit will move.
Pursue people, not perfection. Most worship leaders are perfectionists. I’m one. And you probably are too. We all want that perfect set, that perfect stage design, and that perfect musical quality in our musicians. We want to leave everyone in “awe” when they leave.
I’m here to tell you, that doesn’t exist.
The last few weeks at the church I lead worship at, I’ve decided to bring everything down a notch. No more over the top lighting. No click tracks with synced videos. Just music. Just a band, a few singers, a time of reflection, and a message.
And they love it.
People are craving genuine Jesus-centered worship services. They’ve all seen the mega church scene – but what would church be like if we just went back to the basics? These past few weeks, instead of people saying “great vocals today,” they’ve been saying “great God today.” And that tells me that I’m doing something right.
Leave it to Jesus. This really needs to no explanation. Work out the kinks, get your people ready…and just do church. Don’t worry if something goes wrong. Lay it at Jesus’ feet, and He will take care of the rest.
So, that’s it. Now, the ball is in your court. Are you going to continue to kill Sunday, or are you going to lay your entire set list, your service flow, and the message in God’s great hands, and let Him refine your Sunday?
Trust me, going with God is going to work out for the better.