Sleepy Church

Posted on June 23, 2012

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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  Was that a worship service or a perfect time to take a nap?  I am tired of boring, unorganized, and uninspiring worship services.  If I am going to drive to church for corporate worship and invest time in my local church, I am looking to be a part of something that is cutting edge, spiritually exciting, well-organized, visitor-friendly, and mission-driven. 

We do not have time to waste recreating a style of worship from the 1800’s.  Churches filled with lifeless people will not finish the work God has given us in these last days.  We need to get excited about Jesus and what He has done for us.  If we are on fire for Jesus, the excitement will be displayed in a number of ways. 

  • People will look forward to going to church and will invite nonAdventists to worship with them on a regular basis.  If people are not excited about the corporate worship service, they will not invite others to church.
  • When in church, people will be glad to be there and that inner-happiness will be expressed through friendship building and fellowship.  We need to stop just greeting people and really take the time to get to know them.
  • A vibrant and growing church will have a strategic plan in place to disciple and train church members and new attendees.  An exciting training program will teach church members and attendees about the mission of the world and local church, spiritual gifts, and help them discover a place in active ministry.
  • If people are excited about the worship service and are being discipled for missions, churches will them have large teams of modern-day missionaries who are actively seeking and saving lost souls for the eternal kingdom.  

These are just a few thoughts on the subject.  There is so much more that needs to be discussed when it comes to creating healthy and growing churches.  In the meantime, lets prayerfully work at developing interesting, exciting, inspiring, Christ-centered worship services that the church members can get excited about.  

FYI – This does not mean we have to go from one extreme to another.  Cheap-grace and rock-n-roll worship services will not help achieve the goals God wants us to seek.  We do not need watered-down theology and a rock-n-roll band to be relevant in the 21st century.  

Try this…

SABBATH WORSHIP

  1. Music playing in the background as people enter the sanctuary
  2. 11:00am (or whatever time works for you) – Worship team take their places on the platform
  3. Worship leader welcomes everyone and opens with a word of prayer
  4. Worship team leads out in the song service
  5. In-between the 2nd and 3rd song, the worship leader calls for tithes and offerings says… “As we sing this next song, let’s dig deep and give back to God a little of all that He has blessed us with… the giving of tithes and offering is an act of worship.”
  6. Ushers collect offering as the church sings the 3rd song
  7. In-between the 3rd and 4th song, the worship leader reads a Bible text… “Today’s key Bible text (or passage) says…”
  8. Sing the 4th song…
  9. Worship leader then invites the church to pray together.  This could be done by inviting people to come forward… collecting prayer cards, etc.
  10. Teaching Time: (Sermon) – Make sure EVERY speaker is skilled in presenting the Word of God.  Boring and untalented speakers can kill the momentum of a worship service. 
  11. Special Music
  12. Closing Prayer

Try using newer praise songs when possible… mixing in a few older hymns to minister to all generations. 

Think about this —> People in the 1800’s sang 1800’s songs.  Most people today want to sing today songs.  As for instruments, try using a piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, etc.  When instruments like these are being played with skill and the vocals are blending perfectly, worship is sweet.

NOTE: A nursery ministry for young parents (infants to six years of age) will allow parents to sit through a church service and cause them to want to return on a weekly basis.

TRY SOMETHING NEW… IT WILL NOT KILL YOUR CHURCH!!! 

The definition of insanity… is doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting different results each time.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Here is a good article about worship… Adventist Worship

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