Or CCMM, for short.
I’ve been rolling around ideas inside of my brain about getting men back into the church, and getting worship services back to being like worship and not like a concert.
1. Break the Fourth Wall. And the Third Wall. And the Second Wall, too.
I realized what modern church worship really is meant to be, not worship, but rather, the halftime show at the Super Bowl.
At a Super Bowl halftime show, musicians come out and sing the songs you’ve heard them sing on the radio for years, and the point of the show is to keep you entertained until the game starts up once again. The thing is, though, when’s the last time you saw a halftime show that didn’t stink? The last one that comes to mind is U2’s stunning 2002 performance, which was more than just about entertainment, it had a message that was meant for people who WEREN’T in the seats in the stadium or watching it on TV, namely the victims of 9/11.
When was the last time you heard music in church that was meant for people NOT in church at the time?
2. The Best Christian Music of Today Isn’t On The Radio.
There was a vibrant and exciting Christian ska culture in the 1990’s, and absolutely NONE of it made it into church. Ditto for Sufjan Stevens’ brilliant music or anything by Sixpence None The Richer or a host of others. There is some great Christian music out there today, but it’s not focused on making into churches on Sunday morning, it’s focused on the artistry and honesty of the message, not whether it makes it onto the radio. I’ll let Hank Hill sum up my feelings on this matter.
And please, stop trying drag the pop music of past into the sanctuary. The worst example of this I’ve seen happened a few years ago at my church in the Phoenix area, when the music of The Beatles was a focal point of the worship service.
Let’s put aside the fact that because of their popularizing of Maharsi Yogi, The Beatles did more to bring new age philosophy into the West than anyone else before them or the VERY questionable suitability of some of their lyrics and concentrate on the fact that this church decided to show how “hip” and “with it” they were by playing the music of forty years ago in today’s sanctuary.
Funny, but I don’t recall churches in the 80’s playing The Andrews Sisters to show young people how cool they were, although I’ll become a member of any church who plays the entirety of “A Love Supreme” on a Sunday morning.
The fact is, churches need to stop trying to be hip and start getting real, because honesty is the new hip.
3. Stop Talking About Relationships. Start Talking About Leadership.
Because, of course, if there’s one thing guys like to do, it’s talk about relationships and our feelings. Is there a time to talk about such things? Sure. Is Sunday morning the time to do it, surrounded by hundreds of strangers? Probably not. Get men in the seats by challenging them to go forth and change the world, not brood on the nature of their relationships.
4. Create Other Channels Of Contact.
Almost every modern church has a website. Many more churches have a Facebook page and post videos of their services and have podcast feed of their sermons.
How many have a Spotify channel of music similar to what they play in church, or better still, music they DON’T play in church? What about custom channels for men, kids and teens? Why do worship pastors think their job is just to prepare music for Sunday morning? Aren’t we supposed to be worshipping God all the time, not just on Sunday morning? Why not have a “director’s cut” of the pastor’s personal music tastes as a way to get the know the man, not just the leader.
Christians are behind the curve when it comes to Internet, and that’s a shame, because the Internet is the greatest tool for personal empowerment since the invention of the printing press. The printing press put the Bible in the hands of the common man, which led to the evangelical, worldwide church. Christian’s haven’t had the same success with using the Internet as a witnessing tool, and that needs to change.
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September 7th, 2014 by exurbankevin