Nine Rapid Changes in Church Worship Services

October 13, 2015
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Classic Episode

This week, Jonathan is on vacation, and I am in the Rocky Mountains at a speaking engagement. So we bring to you a classic episode of Rainer on Leadership on rapid changes in church worship services. We will be back with new episodes next week.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Hymnals are still alive, but screens are everywhere in churches.
  • Multi is now normal—multi-venue, multi-site, multi-service, multi-lingual, multi-campus, and more.
  • Our church services are more diverse because our neighborhoods and communities are more diverse.
  • Worship wars used to be the primary source of conflict in the church, but they have begun to subside.
  • People have a greater exposure to different types of worship styles now than in the past.

The nine rapid changes in church worship services we discuss today are:

  1. Choirs are disappearing. 
  2. Dress is more casual.
  3. Screens are pervasive.
  4. Preaching is longer.
  5. “Multi” is normative.
  6. Attendees are more diverse.
  7. Conflict is not increasing.
  8. More worship attendees are attending larger churches.
  9. Sunday evening services are disappearing.

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