Five Reasons To Let Modern Worship Live

Criticisms on modern worship abound, but I really appreciated this measured and thoughtful response form Glenn Packiam:

Some of my friends in vocational ministry may wonder why one would bother listening to someone else’s critique at all. Too many pastors dismiss the opinions of non-practitioners. But practitioners need theoreticians the same way that contractors need architects. The one building a church ought not ignore the one who studies its history and theology. So, I am not suggesting that we only listen to practitioners; but I am suggesting that critiques from non-practitioners be more accurate and nuanced. In short: if you want your theoretical critique of modern worship to be helpful to pastors and worship leaders, make sure you actually know and understand modern worship and/or megachurches. If you want to serve the Church, you’ve got to love the Church. And in order to love the Church, you’ve got to know the Church. The most helpful evaluations from those who love us most and know us best. The most fruitful critiques are about the area of church practice that we know and love the best.

Glenn shares five essential things about modern worship that most of its critics don’t seem to understand. It’s a really insightful response to the idea that modern worship is a singular entity. Read the whole thing here.

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