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Wisdom from Chaplain Mike at InternetMonk:
[David] Manner is the Associate Executive Director for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists with responsibilities in the areas of Worship, Leadership and Administration. Before that he served in many congregations in worship and music ministry.
I like his list. A lot. I don’t agree with every point, and I don’t feel as strongly about some points as I do others. However, I think he’s captured a great deal of content in a nice, well-stated form that lends itself to discussion.
Here it is:
15 Worship Decisions We’ll Regret
1. Dividing congregations along age and affinity lines.
2. Eliminating choral expressions in worship.
3. Worship leader ageism.
4. Elevating music above Scripture, Prayer and the Lord’s Supper.
5. Making worship and music exclusively synonymous.
6. Trying to recreate worship with each new generation.
7. Ignoring the Christian Calendar and adopting the Hallmark Calendar.
8. Worshiping like inspiration stopped with the hymnal.
9. Worshiping like inspiration started with modern worship songs.
10. Not providing a venue for creatives to express their art as worship.
11. Allowing songs about God to supersede the Word of God.
12. Elevating gathered worship above dispersed worship.
13. Setting aside traditionalism around the world but not across the aisle.
14. Worshiping out of Nostalgia or Novelty.
15. Worship services at the expense of worship service.
Chaplain Mike’s commentary that follows is well worth the read. It’s short, and it’s good.