church music

Pre-Service Music

Hey Everybody –

So yesterday I blogged about what music was in my playlist on iTunes … and many of you responded.  If you haven’t done so, play the iTunes Shuffle and comment on that post(iTunes Shuffle – Whatcha Got?)

TODAY:

I woke up this AM with what they call an “@reply” on Twitter (you know what that is now, Kimbo) from my good friend, Robert Pooley.  He asked for some feedback on “Pre-Service Music” on his blog and so my goal is to overload his blog and server with comments about Pre-Service Music.

http://robertpooley.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/11/pre-service-music.html

Robert’s an awesome guy.  He’s the one who introduced me to blogging.  So while you’re there, be sure and subscribe to his blog.  (see you in January, I hope, Robert!)

Wanna go a step further?  Post on your blog and your twitter, and encourage folks to go to Robert’s blog and comment re: their Pre-Service Music Playlist.

Got a comment?  They are closed on this post – post’em over @ Robert’s blog!

True or False – Generations and Their Music

I’d like to ask this question and have you respond here on the blog.  I hope this will bring forth good dialog.  My goal is not to accuse anyone of anything, nor is that my own heart or philosophy.  I have my thoughts – but I’m curious what you think.

True or False:

Younger Generations are more likely to accept and appreciate the music of Older Generations than Older Generations are of Younger Generations.

Look forward to the conversation. Let’s keep it respectful and in the spirit of love. This post is not meant to be divisive. It’s meant to open our eyes to various views so that we can be more effective at leading our generations in worship.

What say you?

Rock Star Worship

DISCLAIMER: The use of David Crowder‘s picture here in no way is meant to reflect that I feel he’s a “Rock Star Worship Leader”.  I love Crowder’s music, enjoy his creativity, and even rode next to him on the Nemo Ride @ Disney.  This image is only used because I found it here when searching images.google.com for “rock star worship”.

I think it’s easy to say that times have changed, and the “look” of modern worship has certainly changed.  Not only do we see more churches presenting worship with a “concert vibe”, complete with lighting, big sound, hip clothes, and $50 haircuts … we see so many worship leaders (young and old) trying to keep up with that look.   Many are even changing their appearance to keep up.  Most of the well-known CCM artists are now packaging themselves as Worship Artists, complete with CD/DVD covers with full blown photo shoots, head shots, and poses.

It’s a trend that I’ve followed, one that I’ve not participated in fully, though I did get some stuff put in my hair a few times and even wore “product” for a few days.  Where I grew up, if a man put “product” in his hair, he’d be beaten up in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot shortly thereafter.

Culturally, there are some pros to this trend.  Some of the X-Y Generation seem to be drawn to this vibe.  It can be attractive to those Seekers in the world who can somehow relate to this look.

At the same time, there are plenty of cons.  Do we create an environment where people are more apt to watch than participate?  There was an amazing discussion about that a while back on a blog I wrote called “I Thought We Were *SUPPOSED* to Sing“.  Do we elevate our worship ministers into performing artists who gain such notoriety that they need security and are overwhelmed with autograph requests?

Let’s take a step back into everyday, corporate, local church life.  Is this the scene we need for the local church?

I’m asking lots of questions.  For me, I am in a position where my job is NOT to be a rock star.  My job is to “create a culture of worship”.  That means leading others, and enabling others to lead.  That means doing my best to make sure the spotlight is on God, and not on me.  That means giving up my own agenda and giving into the needs of the Church and others.

This morning during our first week of “Men’s Fraternity – Winning at Work and Home” Robert Lewis said something regarding this paradox principle that hit me smack between the eyes.  He said “to execute something noble and great, you have to execute yourself”. Execute – as in … kill yourself.  Die to yourself.

How does that look in the local church, especially in leading ministry?  How are you “executing yourself”.  How are you setting up others to lead.  How are you taking the attention off of YOU, and putting it onto God?

Can’t wait to hear what you have to say.