Three R’s for Worship Ministry (from a Struggling Church at Corinth)

By Dr. Joshua A. Waggener

Have you ever noticed that just when you think you have found the best way to lead worship in your church, some issue arises that distracts from worship itself? For example, you may recruit a talented new worship leader for your ministry only to find out that his or her musical abilities came across as too “showy” and distracting. Or perhaps you found that perfect song or technological tool that you just knew would engage more of the congregation, but it fell flat. In fact, the response from the worshipers was underwhelming! Or even worse, instead of appreciating your initiatives, some folks in the pews began pushing for worship done “my way or the highway,” sending you back to the beginning in your quest for “unified worship.”

How should we address these issues that arise in our worship ministries? What should we focus on amid worship conflicts?

You may be surprised to hear that Paul wrote his first epistle to the Corinthian church—at least in part—to deal with worship issues head on. He begins his letter by addressing divisions over leadership in the church. Unfortunately, these divisions caused issues with how the church practiced the Lord’s Supper, how they used spiritual gifts in worship, and who they focused on.

What can we learn from Paul’s instructions to the struggling church at Corinth? Let me suggest three “R’s.”

#1: REALIZE that there have been issues over how to worship before

There is more at: https://www.renewingworshipnc.org/2017/06/29/three-rs-for-worship-ministry/

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