Sunday, January 24, 2010

30 Ways to Improve Your Church’s Worship Service

I have expressed here before my appreciation for Colin Adams, originally from Scotland, but now ministering in Northern Ireland.   He recently recommended Donald Whitney’s three lists "Ten Ways to Improve Your Church's Worship Service" and "Ten More Ways to Improve Your Church's Worship Service" and then A Third Ten Ways to Improve Your Church's Worship Service."

imageWhile Whitney’s suggestions may be a bit polemical (and the more so the farther you go down the list), I think that they are worth all of our consideration.  I am only going to list then thirty in summary and point you to Whitney’s articles to flesh them out a little more. 

  1. Focus on God in every element in worship.
  2. Have clear Biblical support for every element in worship.
  3. “Offer to God an acceptable service [i.e., worship] in reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).
  4. Preach expositionally.
  5. “Give attention to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Timothy 4:13).
  6. Pray!
  7. Transition smoothly between elements of worship.
  8. Do as much as possible congregationally.
  9. Have congregational singing with musical accompaniment, not music with congregational accompaniment.
  10. Evaluate your worship service each week with several leaders.
  11. Plan worship only for people who can worship.
  12. Keep technology on a leash.
  13. Move the announcements, welcome, and time of greeting to the beginning or the end of the service.
  14. Prepare the congregation for worship.
  15. Construct a call to worship.
  16. Introduce new music wisely.
  17. Don’t hide the ordinances.
  18. Use confessional material.
  19. Lead in the corporate confession of sins.
  20. Scripturalize routine prayers.
  21. Sing Psalms
  22. If you consider your church's worship style to be historic, make sure you sing hymns and spiritual songs.
  23. If you consider your church's worship style to be traditional, make sure you sing psalms and spiritual songs.
  24. If you consider your church's worship style to be contemporary or blended, make sure you sing psalms and hymns.
  25. Use slides, but don't lose your hymnal.
  26. Consider congregational prayer in the worship service.
  27. Don't have solo or choral music every Sunday.
  28. Use silence strategically.
  29. Allow applause only rarely and spontaneously, not routinely.
  30. Allow only believers to lead believers in worship.

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