Making Worship Meaningful

The following is an excerpt from an article from Greg at IsaiahSix titled Worship Style as a Means for Church Growth:

As worship leaders plan worship gatherings, we must take into account those believers who will be present. What are their backgrounds? What are their life experiences? And, yes, to some degree, what are the ages that might be present? The answers to these questions will dictate to some degree or another what forms of worship are included in a service. For example, if the background of a congregation largely centers around the Great Depression and World War II, then using the latest music from Sovereign Grace probably (notice I said probably—not definitely) isn’t going to allow the congregation to offer worship in a way with which they are familiar. If, however, the congregation is made up of college students, using only an organ and old hymns with archaic language isn’t going to work well.

Here’s the premise I’m trying to get across: it must mean something to the worshipers in order for them to be able to offer it in worship.

(from Worship Style as a Means for Church Growth at IsaiahSix)

“It must mean something to the worshipers in order for them to be able to offer it in worship.”

I thought this sentence from Greg’s article was worth repeating. So true, & what a great way of expressing how worship can be truly meaningful for us as individuals & as we worship corporately.

3 thoughts on “Making Worship Meaningful

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  2. I think this is a big reason why some churches have good attendance and attract new members and why some don’t. You can invite a friend to church, but if they don’t like the service, even if the Pastor’s message is good, they probably won’t come back.

    This is also a big challenge for churches with congregations in generational transition. How do you accommodate the WWII crowd, the baby boomers, and the gen-xers and younger? I like how some churches have different types of services using different types of music and other elements for different generations and types of people. I think one of the most important things is to meet people where they are, which is true for evangelism as well as worship

    Russ
    http://men4god.wordpress.com

  3. Thanks for the additional input, Russ. I think this is why I appreciated the quote from the article myself. Our church has two services with differing styles of music, & I love getting to worship God through both styles! Some prefer one over the other, but a handful of us enjoy both & wouldn’t ever want to part with one or the other because of how each allows us to express our worship of God in varying ways.

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