A Pastoral View Of Volume

Great post by Craig Gilbert about worship, volume, and how to love our congregations:

That being said, however, I am not an acoustical/sound engineer and I am not going to talk about decibels and OSHA safety recommendations. I want to look at what is on the other side of the question of, “why is it so loud?” What I want to talk about is a pastoral awareness that choices we make as church leaders have an effect on a person’s ability to enter into worship even if we are not in personal agreement with their point of view or personal need.

The fact is that I can talk all day about proper audio levels based on science and the needs of the music based on the acoustics of the room and I can be 100% correct, technically. But I can still be wrong, pastorally. The pastoral reality is that my ability to properly understand and respond to a congregation member’s concerns when it comes to anything in worship, volume or otherwise, is of paramount importance if being a worship leader is my God ordained vocation.

He explains why worship leaders need to stop thinking like producers and start thinking like pastors when it comes to music and volume and really, anything related to ministry.

Read the whole thing here.

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