I have been working with three churches over the past past few months within the sphere of worship ministry. As always, I find it fascinating, energising, and rewarding work. I also find it such a privilege to be invited into a church to support and encourage this ministry. However, I don’t know if there is anything else more uniting and dividing in a church than the forms of worship it may or may not adopt.
I have been consulting with churches for several years now and each one is so different, yet one thing is always the same. Whether I am in the city or country, a small church or a large church, someone has been hurt. Someone has been bruised. Someone is angry. Someone is discontent.
It seems to be so in worship ministry more than other spheres within the church. Is it because this type of ministry attracts creative people who are usually sensitive souls? Is it that we join creative ministry with the desire to create and unfortunately our egos grow and get in the way? Is it that we as a church have, in our attempt to be contemporary thrown out the baby with the bath water?
As I prepare to run several worship retreats over the next few months I pray that we may always return to the essence of worship, regardless of the form. That authentically bowing down before God will be our primary motive in all we do and say within worship ministry.
As we all do this, maybe hearts will be healed, vision will grow, community will build, people will unreservedly serve. Then again, maybe I am blissfully naive