Sally Morgenthaler is known for her book and concept of “Worship Evangelism.” She has begun to re-think that idea…radical stuff. Here’s an excerpt from a recent article to get you going.
“In 2000 I didn't have all of the numbers I have now, but I had seen enough to know what was happening. The contemporary church—including the praise-and-worship church, the worship evangelism church—was in a holy huddle, and I began to talk about it. It was excruciating. It was career suicide. But from pastors conferences to worship seminars to seminaries, I began challenging leaders to give up their mythologies about how they were reaching the unchurched on Sunday morning. Yes, worship openly and unapologetically. Yes, worship well and deeply. (Which means singing songs that may include anger, sadness, and despair. Have we forgotten that David did this? Have we discarded the psalms?) But let our deepened, honest worship be the overflow of what God does through us beyond our walls.”The rest of the article and her current conclusions about reaching the unchurched through worship on Sunday mornings is found on the Allelon site.
I love it when leaders learn as they go, and most of all, those who are willing to stop in their tracks and say, "Hey, we're going the wrong way. We need to stop and check our compass and map and get back on track."
What do you think/feel about Sally's conclusions? Post your comments here or at the Allelon site.