I wrote a post a while ago about some of the chips on my shoulder regarding criticism of contemporary worship. I’d like to revisit it here, but this time to look at some things I think we could do better. And I’d love your feedback and other suggestions in the comments.
Why Do We Do Contemporary Worship?
Some background first, because misunderstanding this one point will lead us down all the wrong paths. Contemporary Worship (or any worship, really) is not about evangelism. It is not about drawing a crowd, or “reaching the young/lost.” Contemporary Worship is about worshiping God in the language people speak. It is about using music and language that people can relate to, and can connect with God through. Because worship (traditional, contemporary, and everything in between) is for believers. It should never have been used as an evangelism tool.
Now certainly, many people do make their first connection to God at a worship service. But that is a happy byproduct. We should not be making decisions about the worship service based on drawing those outside the church; we should be making decisions based on what helps believers best worship God.