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more creativity in worship

This is a reply I wrote to some comments on the post: a call for more creativity in worship
To clarify: I am not against using songs from the radio or from popular artists in worship sets. Just like I am not against using hymns in our song sets.

Margaret you are right - familiarity with lyrics and beats is nice when we worship. However, that same sense of comfort would come fairly easily after singing a new, homegrown song through a few times. So the familiarity hill is not insurmountable.

Christopher, of course we can sing David Crowder Bands songs with authenticity. And of course God gives creative songs to Chris Tomlin. But God is not only speaking to Chris Tomlin. He should be speaking to each worship leader.

How beautiful is a song that comes from the soul of a worship leader or from a situation in the church community? And how much more passionately and authentically do we sing and lead when we cry out to God? Is this not the birth place of all popular worship songs?
This post was primarily a call to churches to develop their own unique, worship sound and style instead of being a copy of popular radio or some other church. Pastors need to ask, "What is the distinctive genre and sound of our churches music?" Is it rock? Pop? Country? Jazz? Turntables? Loud? Soft? Keys? Piano? Fast beat? Contemplative? Hymns? Redone hymns? Long sets? Short sets?

Once you answer these questions, blend them with other artistic elements, and toss in preaching style a clearer picture should emerge of the general type of person your church will attract. Yes there will be exceptions, as there always is. But at least your target will be narrower and it will be easier to measure growth and effectiveness of mission.
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