Church Is Not a Concert

Every now and then, some of the Christian Worship Leader forums I engage in talk about the difference between getting people to sing along at a rock concert where the songs are too high but people sing and dance anyway… and singing in church where we are often careful to make sure that the songs can be sung by anyone.

The conversation always gets a little heated, and I posted a rant in one of them today I thought might be useful to some of y’all. So… here goes…

If we don’t care about the people of our church who don’t enter in to worship enough to remove barriers (high keys, unsingable songs, etc.), then we only love the people who have the attitude that we want them to have to be “good worshippers” (whatever that means), and not the ones who might have some growing to do.

The big concerts, at night, where people pay big bucks and are rabid motivated fans with different expectations than the family of 4 who barely got their kids ready and out the door and to church in time because of (fill in the blank), are unfair comparisons to the local church.

I think some of Paul’s comments about the worship service might apply to this discussion.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other. If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won’t bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together.


We need to wait for each other in more ways than one.

And, one last thing… and it hurts a little to say this, please try not to be offended.

If you truly are the kind of worship leader who doesn’t care to work hard to engage as MANY of your people in worship as you can, not only including, but maybe ESPECIALLY those who need the most “education” in these matters…

…you might be in the wrong job…


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