Put ten Christians in a room and ask them their opinion on worship music, and you will get ten very different answers. Having worked in a church office for the better part of the last ten years, by far the thing a church is most likely to get a complaint about is the music during the service. At the same time, the music is one of the primary things that will draw a person to a church.
A PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE ON WORSHIP
Why is Music in Church Such a Divisive Subject?
Whether someone has a strong opinion about makes for musical excellence or perhaps they struggle to enjoy the music because it’s so loud, people care about music. It can be very frustrating on either side of the issue. If you struggle to engage with the worship because it’s excruciatingly loud to you, obviously this will be very frustrating. At the same time, as a musician and sound man, it’s very frustrating to have to sacrifice quality because a handful of people think it’s too loud.That just addresses the issue of volume. You can go down the line and identify countless divisive issues in regard to music.
Likewise the traditions we were raised with shape our expectations. If you have a homogenous background you will tend to think everyone should do things the way you do them, and you will struggle to understand the way others do things.
It gets very complicated when you start to consider that we’re called to go and make new disciples. So there is a balancing act between tradition, progression, and pragmatism.
ADDITIONAL ENTRIES IN THIS SERIES
Why Can’t We Get Along? – Why is Worship So Divisive by Sean Chandler
Where’s the Piper Organ, and Why is There an Electric Guitar?!? – What is the Proper Style for Worship by Sean Chandler
Why is It So Loud and Why Do We Keep Repeating Ourselves?!? – What is the Proper Volume for Worship by Sean Chandler
What is the Proper Style for a Worship Service? by Jennifer Chandler