A passionate diatribe about the things that stop people singing nowadays.
We began by changing our understanding of corporate worship. It’s not for the church, it’s for those who aren’t part of the church. The historic liturgy is out, and the 19th-century revival model is in. Instead of the entire service being filled with acts of worship – congregational prayers, affirmations, responses, and, yes, singing – we’ve decided that the singing alone is the “worship,” followed by preaching or teaching time (NOT worship), and then followed by a little more singing (again, worship) for good measure.
So, while the congregation once had a vital role in the entire service, we’ve decided they really only need to participate during the music.
But we didn’t stop there.
Read on here.