Sally Morgenthaler has been active in worship ministry for many years. Founder of Worship Evangelism Concepts, she functions as on-site worship consultant for Denver Seminary and Pathways Church--an urban Denver congregation committed to reaching the unchurched under 35. Her book Worship Evangelism: Inviting Unbelievers into the Presence of God was reviewed in RW 39.
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FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
At Biola University, a fifty-minute chapel is offered every day, Monday through Friday, but is required three times a week (M, W, F). Students have also initiated their own, student-led, worship services (mostly praise) on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Two to three hundred students attend these guitar-based events.
Here are some changes I've witnessed in the last five years:
After a big youth rally that's been hyped with pyrotechnics and a full band that practiced for weeks, how do you get students back into authentic worship without the aid of those externals—and keep their praise more than roller-coaster emotionalism?
When congregations think about changing their worship service(s), they usually start by asking two questions: "What are we going to change?" and "How are we going to change it?" Those are fair and logical questions. Yet, because of their focus on the future, they do not represent the healthiest beginning point. As strange as it may sound, the first principle of healthy worship change is to begin with the past. We need to ask, "What aren't we going to change?" In other words, what don'twe want to give up?