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Title: Worship in the Emerging Church: What Resonates with PostChristians

Worship in the Emerging Church What Resonates
with Post-Christians
  • Dan Kimball, Sally Morganthaler
  • CCN seminar May, 2005

Definition of Worship
  • To bow down, prostrate
  • Submission to Lordship of Jesus Christ
  • Encounter

The Cosmic Work of God
  • Early Christian response to the presence and work
    of God
  • Psalms, hymns, songs
  • Prayers
  • Communion
  • Proclaiming the story
  • However we package worship, these are the crucial

Changes in Culture, Changes in Worship
  • Culture VABEs
  • From Judeo-Christian to post-Christian
  • Post-European
  • Generational issues music, language, dress,

Worldview Gap From Modern to Postmodern
  • Modern values
  • Excellence (tightly run worship experience)
  • Cognitive and conceptual learning through one-way
  • Sometimes, the removal of ancient or spiritual
  • Going to church
  • Postmodern values
  • Avoiding any sense of performance (relationship
    and chemistry trump excellence)
  • Experiential learning through interactive
  • encounter trumps information
  • Palette of senses
  • Sometimes, the desire of roots, history, and
  • Being the church

Teens and 20s in Church?
  • Barna 4 of GenX in leadership in any church
  • Emerging generations have the lowest rate of
    church connection of any generation
  • Emerging generations suffer from being
    hyper-spiritual rather than being too secular

  • Ancient-future
  • Multi-cultural
  • Narrative
  • Instead of abstract or bullet points
  • Collaborative
  • From print to broadcast to interactive digital

What does it look like?
  • From primarily cognitive graphs
  • Order of worship
  • Preaching and singing
  • to palettes of visual and tactile experiences

From Program to Gathering
  • Not a performance but hosting a gathering of
    people to experience God
  • Hospitality issues of atmosphere

The Palette Brushes
  • Prayer
  • Involves the community of faith as co-creators of
    the worship they will experience
  • Scripture
  • We are not elevating simply the human experience,
    but the story of God that catches up our human

Priesthood of All Believers
  • Richly textured worship among co-creators
  • Beyond McDonalds to gift-based, passion-driven
    expression of the community of faith

Preaching in the Emerging Church
  • Preaching heralding or proclaiming
  • Not ourselves, but The Story
  • From male, up-front, wordy, bullet-points
  • To oral/aural, visual, tactile, interactive,

How we learn and retain
  • 10 what we hear
  • 15 what we see
  • 20 what we hear and see
  • 60 what we do
  • 80 what we do with reflection
  • 90 what we teach

In every classroom there are
  • 2 auditory learners
  • 4 visual learners
  • 4 tactile-kinesthetic learners
  • Chinese proverb I hear and I forget, I see and
    I remember, I do and I understand

The point of teaching
  • Is learning
  • Not just a matter of the preacher saying, I did
    my job, hope they get it!
  • We teach in different ways so that people will be
    more likely to learn and be transformed

Creating a culture of dialogue
  • Via small groups
  • Reflection opportunities
  • Post-preaching dialogues
  • Beyond answer-spew and into engagement
  • Early churches met in houses they had
    opportunities for dialogue
  • From news-anchor to the blog
  • From preacher has all the answers to push-back
    on the blog

Sacred Space and Environment
  • Worship spaces in the Bible
  • Garden of Eden
  • Jacobs pillar (Gen.2818)
  • Tabernacle
  • Temple
  • Synagogue
  • House churches

Sacred Space and Environment
  • Worship spaces post-Bible
  • Basilica (co-opted government town hall space)
  • Cathedral (pulpit replaces altar as center no
    chairs till 1400s)
  • Lecture hall (after printing press)
  • Tent and auditorium space
  • Revivalism reflected in architecture tilting
    toward theatre
  • Non-religious theatre

Sacred Space Reflects Values
  • If there is a desire for a sense of the
    transcendent, then how would the worship space
    look and feel?
  • What value does your space communicate?
  • How does our space help us connect to God and
    each other?
  • If you value response, is there room for people
    to move?

Music in the Emerging Church
  • Recent excesses of musical worship emphasis
  • Turning the leader into a star
  • Equating music with worship
  • Imbalance of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
  • Imbalance of celebration and lament
  • Music not often enough the servant art, too
    often the lead art

Music in the Emerging Church
  • Spontaneous worship
  • Pay attention to lyrics and theology of songs
  • Introducing ancient songs and hymns

Prayer Stations and Interactive Response
  • Not just teaching the importance of prayer but
    providing actual time, space, and permission to
    do it
  • Creating non-chaotic prayer stations which
    enhance teaching and offer places of spontaneous
  • Making sure you have times and places in worship
    that give people opportunity to move and respond
  • Offering places of conversation in worship
  • Lords Supper? Offertory? Prayer time?

Art in the Emerging Church
  • Use of artists within the community
  • Indigenous expression
  • Artists, poets, photographers, web designers,
  • Then the Lord said to Moses, I have filled him
    with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and
    knowledge in all kinds of crafts to make artistic
  • Exodus 311-4

Film in Emerging Worship
  • Have clip be a catalyst for response
  • Use film to set a vibe
  • Use during message, times of meditation
  • Sometimes more difficult to produce indigenously
    and thus easier to buy

Some Final Donts
  • Dont begin experimenting, make sure you teach
    the why and theology behind it.
  • Dont necessarily begin with sweeping changes,
    but incremental, subtle changes.
  • Dont just copy another church make your worship
    an expression of the gifts and passions of the
    people God has brought here.
  • Dont create worship consumers by focusing too
    much on the performance of worship.

Some Final Dos
  • Do start without waiting for huge budget and
    technology helps.
  • Do keep Jesus in the center of planning creative
    worship gatherings.
  • Do be mindful of how much money and time we spend
    on creative worship vs. what we are doing with
    the poor and needy and in fulfilling Gods call
    for us in the world.

  • www.vintagefaith.com
  • www.sacramentis.com
  • www.ccn.tv worship seminars on DVD
  • www.midnightoil.com
  • www.churchmedia.net
  • www.sermonspice.com
  • www.highwayvideo.com
  • www.barnafilms.com
  • www.angelhouse.com

Worship in the Emerging Church What Resonates
with Post-Christians
  • Dr. John P. Chandler
  • Courageous Churches
  • Virginia Baptist Mission Board
  • John.chandler_at_vbmb.org
  • Copy right John P. Chandler, 2005
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