I recently taught a class on worship and theology to an insightful group of 30 undergraduate students. They came from churches all over the stylistic spectrum, from eight denominations, twelve states and provinces, and three countries.
As part of the course, I asked them to submit brief written reflections to these open ended questions:
- What things really help you engage in worship in a worshipful way?
- What things are barriers to your participation in a deep and significant way?
I provided no other guidance or prompting. They simply listed the 3-5 things that most helped or hindered them.
In reading their replies, I was struck by the surprising convergence of themes in their answers in spite of their diverse experiences and perspectives.
There’s some really good takeaway for worship leaders in their responses. As John points out, it’s kind of amazing how much similarity there was in their themes.