Another article that questions trends and their influence in our theology.
We could be approaching a golden age of worship. Technology has the potential to make great music accessible to so many who could not share that experience in earlier generations. Instead, in many churches worshippers are becoming spectators, while worship becomes the task of experts, rather than the congregation. Some of this can be accounted for by the current trend to create a theatre atmosphere in church architecture (theatre seating, darkness, stage lighting, etc.). Normally, theatres and cinemas do not encourage audience participation. But the church is not an audience! The church is gathered to worship, not observe.
Architecture cannot be easily corrected, but there is much that can be done to remove the “performer-audience” disconnect. Kenny Lamm lists Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship. Article here.
This approach describes what we have been doing, sort of, at Mountain View. We need to be more intentional about it, and certainly not apologetic.
We need to rethink worship.