Seven Reasons Not to Have Multiple Styles of Worship

October 11, 2016
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Podcast Episode #267

In this first part of a two-part series on worship styles, we look at why you shouldn’t have multiple styles of worship at your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Multiple service styles can create a sense of superiority or inferiority in a church.
  • When churches have multiple worship styles, it’s often easy to tell which the pastor prefers.
  • There are a lot of things your church can do, but that doesn’t mean that you should actually do them.
  • Churches have made themselves so incredibly busy and complex.
  • Multiple worship styles can drain resources and people from other ministries of the church.
  • Sometimes change is just not possible because of change resistance in the church.
  • More than a few pastors have changed churches because the worship style changed and they could not adapt.
  • Blended worship is an actual style, it is not a compromise between traditional and contemporary.

The seven reasons not to have multiple styles of worship are:

  1. It can created a divided congregation.
  2. It is usually difficult to find quality musicians for the multiple styles.
  3. The stepchild syndrome is common.
  4. It can create a misaligned congregation.
  5. It can add to the busyness of the church.
  6. Conflict can arise over preferred times of worship.
  7. It can force the preacher to make choices as well.

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