Five Point Plan for Singing and Worship RenewalFeatured, Music education, Praise & Harmony / Worship, Worship Monday, October 29th, 2012
Restoration preachers were known for their five-point sermons. Whether the subject was salvation or worship, five points were chosen to simplify the message and help listeners remember. This week, I heard a five-point message presented in a political speech. Again, the intent was to simplify a complex message into meaningful, memorable talking points. I have assembled a five-point plan for singing and worship renewal for the church. Although distilled into five concise suggestions, serious follow-through can reap amazing results.
Number one, we need to do everything we can to encourage 100% participation in singing and worship. Understanding that worship is not a spectator activity, the entire church family needs to be involved — not just a select few.
Secondly, everyone needs to learn to harmonize; both in the way we live and in how we sing. Let’s teach everyone to sing in harmony as our worship is transformed into the life-altering experience it should be.
Third, we need to teach new songs to remain relevant to younger generations as well as to seekers. Those congregations who are not interested in learning new worship songs risk the danger of dying or becoming irrelevant.
Fourth, we must worship with passion. Those who have been convincing our people that enthusiasm is wrong have seriously damaged the health of God’s family. It’s important that we maintain our zeal and spiritual fervor.
And number five, we must train effective worship leaders. We have done a marvelous job in training preachers, youth ministers and the like, yet, comparatively, we have failed in developing highly effective, well-trained worship leaders.
The first four points are the heart of our congregational singing Praise & Harmony Workshops, providing a proven, practical program to equip congregations for worship renewal.
The last point is the reason we assemble experts from around the world to teach and mentor through the annual Worship Leader Institute. If we desire serious progress, we must prioritize the advanced training of gifted leaders.
In summary, here are five points that can radically improve our churches:
Encourage 100% participation
Learn to harmonize
Teach new songs
Worship with passion
Train effective worship leaders
We pray that you’ll join us in committing to these five goals to the glory of God and for the edification of the church.
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