Finding Unity in Worship Styles featuring Mike Harland

April 25, 2017
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Podcast Episode #322

Mike Harland is back to talk worship and this time we discuss labels of music styles and if it’s possible to have a congregation unified about worship styles.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • “The lack of unity in worship is an indictment on the worship that’s happening in our churches.”
  • “You cannot build unity in a church around a music style.”
  • “Because of music style trends, we’ve seen a generational segregation in the church.”
  • “By naming a service after a style of music, you’re setting it up to disappoint the attendees.”
  • “When you name a service based on stylistic worship, you’re painting yourself into a corner.”
  • “When planning musical worship, instead of thinking music genres, think worship moments.”
  • Worship planning is spiritual preparation, not just musical preparation.
  • Worship is our response to God’s revelation.

The five points we discuss about unity in worship are:

  1. Carefully select your language
  2. Aim for atmosphere & moments, not music style
  3. vary accompaniments/voicing
  4. avoid template worship planning
  5. Focus on what doesn’t change


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