Thought provoking article from Tom Schultz on the modern trend away from congregational participation in public worship. I’m not sure all of his points are valid in every context but they are at least thought worthy.
Looking around the church last Sunday, I noticed that the majority weren’t singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips.
The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with microphones. That’s been the case for years now—in churches large and small. What used to be congregational singing has become congregational staring.
Even when the chipper “worship leader” in contemporary churches bounds on stage and predictably beckons everyone to “stand and worship,” the people compliantly obey the stand command, but then they turn into mute mannequins.
What’s behind this phenomenon? What happened to the bygone sounds of sanctuaries overflowing with fervent, harmonizing voices from the pews, singing out with a passion that could be heard down the street?
Read the rest of the article here.