It’s wild to think that it has been six months now since we changed our worship styles from contemporary and traditional to a united format. While there have been concerns along the way, there has been minimal, and I mean minimal drama. I can’t overstate how God has blessed this decision. Instead of splitting or losing tons of people that others predicted we might, our attendance is actually up significantly than this time last year.
Was it the right move for our church? Without a doubt. Does everyone love the music portion of services week in and week out? Not a chance. But for the most part, people are adapting and giving it a shot. We are truly worshiping together now as a church.
To illustrate where our church is, let me share a conversation I had with a church member the other week.
The church member walked into my office and the first words were, “I don’t like the music on Sundays. I just can’t help it. I do no like it.”
I responded, “Good morning. I don’t like it either.”
“No, I’m saying I don’t like all the songs we sing in worship.”
“I’m agreeing with you. I don’t like all the songs we sing in worship, but I worship regardless. If the services were dictated by what I like, it would be very, very different I promise.”
“But I’m telling you I don’t like it. I’m trying but I can’t get around it. Why can’t we sing some of the old songs?”
“Well, more of them and in the way I’m used to.”
“Cause I want your kids to know those old songs and so I’m trying to bridge the gap between generations so that everyone can connect to great lyrics. I want you and your children engaged in worship.”
Pause. Pause. And some more pause.
“Well, I still don’t like it.”
“That’s fine. Do you trust me?”
“What do you mean?”
“Do you think, as the worship pastor, that I am picking out songs I like or I am trying to please God in leading all of our people in worship?”
“No question, I know you want to please God and you’re attempting to do that. Don’t doubt that for a minute.”
“Than you and I don’t have a problem.”
“I guess not. Appreciate you, Travis.”
“Appreciate you, too.”
And when you have people like that in your church, you can always press forward. It’s amazing how my dear friend was able to express his feelings but also show love in the process. That is the only conversation I’ve had concerning negativity in our worship in the last 6 months. Only 1. And even in that one, God was honored and we had mutual trust and respect for one another. If someone can trust my heart as a worship leader, we can go a long way.
Cannot explain how God is bringing our church together. Humbling times around here.
I always don’t like the music on Sundays, but I always love the people of this church.