Any church that wants to improve their worship service to be more welcoming to new people is faced with some degree of culture change. Besides all the technical changes that go with making worship changes, there are three adaptive changes you must also embrace:
1. getting out into the neighborhood in which your church is located and interacting with your mission field that is not part of your church
2. talking about it publicly to your congregation
3. expanding your view of who shares (not just the pastor, but all up front worship leaders including liturgists, choir directors, hosts, praise team leaders, more)
Compelling worship always grows from your church’s relationship with your mission field. When your church’s most visible leaders talk about how God was real in the mission field, even if the invitee did not agree to attend, it resonates with persons in seats. That’s transformational, and maybe more powerful than any technical change you implement.
But, great big CAVEAT: you have about 15 seconds to share publicly – a soundbite. Droning on is in direct competition with the sermon!
Find “how to” charts in the Building Worship Bridges workbook for a wide variety of up front worship leaders to publicly share their soundbite of God’s activity in their life this week.
How are you sharing your heart in worship? @cathyfranciatownley