WigtuneStudio_banner12x1.5_96dpi_grey-2_small.jpg (40828 bytes)

Praise and Worship and Today's Church

Holy Wars

The Sophisticates/Dancing with the Big Dogs

Tags: Church Growth, Church Growth Movement, Hollywood, Pixar, American Idol, Power Point, entertainment

Dancing With the Big Dogs

Hollywood SignOne of the primary practical problems regarding the church’s attempt to emulate the world’s entertainment prowess is that most churches simply cannot compete. Your typical church simply does not have the resources or money that is embraced by Hollywood. As a result their efforts to impress people come off amateurish, poorly done and outright embarrassing. To fill the gaps and provide the full rock band that they deem necessary, the leadership will place musicians on the stage that simply are not up to the task. Then they will spit out their videos that look more like home movies than the results they are actually after. They don’t have the technical staff with the expertise to put on a show of that nature and cues are missed while the amateur soundman is overwhelmed by the instrumentation that he has no ability to properly mix. They cannot afford the right equipment to pull the whole thing off. So the sound system produces offensive noises while trying to amplify more music than it was designed to do even as awkward moments inundate the service while PowerPoint presentations and videos fail to come off as planned. Nothing beneficial is being accomplished here as the bungling presentation only distracts everyone and gets in the way of real ministry.

And even in the few instances that they actually pull the whole thing off, all you have is an entertaining show that does not minister because all the morning’s effort was put into making the production happen while no attention was given to communicating to the people. How do those who attempt to create a Hollywood technological extravaganza with very little practice each week think that they will be able to concentrate on anything else other than getting the details right when they get on the platform? How can you effectively concentrate in a manner that allows you to reach the heart of people when the entire morning has been inundated with stress, frustration and distractions? How can gimmicks and gadgetry meet the inner needs of people when they actually need the Word of God?

It is a mistake to look at Pixar or American Idol as a reference point. These people are utilizing the best that America has to offer in everything from technology to personnel. This is a level of performance that most churches cannot measure up to and attempts to do so generally wind up mediocre at best. And what does mediocrity do other than make the church mediocre? How does that help reach the lost?

There was a particular ministry where the leadership was attempting to do everything under the sun. And they were doing it very poorly. During one meeting the youth leader declared that the church should limit what it does to what it can do well. Unfortunately this admonishment was ignored and the church continued to fail.

However, this bit of wisdom is something that should be recognized by every pastor. We need to be realists when we consider what we are going to accomplish. If there is no one available to make a professional-looking video, then don’t use videos. Or utilize the myriad of inexpensive professional videos that are readily available on the Christian market. If you don’t have a good graphic artist at your disposal, then make simple, clean PowerPoint presentations rather than submitting the congregation to poor graphics. Or put the hymnals back in the pews while printing the words to the praise songs in the bulletin. If you don’t have a big PA, then don’t try to put a big rock band up there that will just sound bad anyway. If you don’t have an expert technical staff, then give your workers what they can handle.

Regarding musical expressions, if the church lacks a good drummer, then don’t use drums. If there is only one quality singer to put up there then use one quality singer. There is a place for every musical person to serve in the church, but that does not mean that everyone is suited for up-front ministry in a contemporary setting. Some voices are suited for choral singing. Others are best used as soloists or in small tight-miced group settings. Just because a person has played a guitar for a year, it does not mean that he is ready to lead praise in a Sunday morning setting. Because many pianists are classically trained and do not know how to improvise, not all of them can keep up with a rhythm section. The key is in knowing how to place everyone where they belong. Put accomplished servant musicians who have a heart to praise God on stage for leadership roles and you will see your ministry to people excel.

As it develops, God will fill in the gaps and the praise team will naturally grow with people who are there to worship rather than entertain. However, if entertainment is your goal, then you will fill the stage with everyone you can dig up in order to get the look that you are after. But good looks is all you will get. The resultant music will be sloppily played and offensive, which will not only alienate everyone in your congregation except perhaps the youth, but will turn off visitors as well.

In addition, the emphasis on entertainment will create entertainers rather than ministers, which presents a whole host of problems. Soon you will be dealing with inflated egos and the sin that results from idol worship. You will end up with primadonas who desire mostly to be served. You will work your tail off appeasing them as a result. Any chance of ministry will be totally dependent upon your continued efforts. Great will be your burden.

The irony of the situation is that if you take the same people and lead them towards worship goals that exalt God, you will find yourself among humble and low maintenance servants. They will become people who think more of others than themselves and they will faithfully minister to the needs of others as a result. Many people can minister far more effectively than the one. Trust in God is far easier than trusting in your own devices. Your burden will be light. “’Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”’ (Matt 11: 28-30)

As the shepherd goes, so go the sheep. Putting entertainment first generally is the most counterproductive measure that can be taken. Placing worship as the first priority results in blessing and blessing lends itself to a growth dynamic that marketing could never think of achieving.

 Stay Tuned for More!!!!

If you liked this  CLICK HERE or call Author House @ 888.280.7715 to purchase a soft or hard cover copy of Don Wigton's book "Holy Wars" upon which this blog is based.

Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!

Back212.gif (3571 bytes)FORWARD212.gif (3319 bytes)

Blog Index

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...

   Empart logo_header.jpg (23053 bytes)

WIGTUNE HOME

Wigtune Company: Praise music and worship study resource.  Free Christian praise songs and hymns, chord charts for the contemporary chorus and traditonal hymn and gospel music, plus and on-line worship Bible study.

Click here for the Wigtune worship, praise and hymns Facebook page.

Winsome International was founded by Dr. John Lavender of First Baptist Church, Bakersfield. Don Wigton of Wigtune Company was the worship and praise leader there during a great growth expansion. Click here to hear the teaching that inspired so many.

down arrow Check out this powerful Southern Cross song! down arrow

Empart - Click here to find out about the price that is being paid by those in Northern India and Nepal who have dedicated their lives to worship the Lord. Find out how you can be involved!An Incredible revival is occuring in Northern India and Nepal. CLICK HERE to find out more!

 


 

Holy Wars cover large.jpg (48272 bytes)

Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!

CLICK HERE or call Author House @ 888.280.7715 for a soft, hard cover or E-Book edition of our new comprehensive book on
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
HOLY WARS

. . .a powerful and dynamic "must have" for every Christian who is seeking to worship God in the midst of the tempest of our modern world.

  

 

The gospel band Southern Cross features worship, praise chorus and ministry songs in contemporary rock, country rock and even classic genres. Click here to go to their page to listen to our mp3 music and find out how to have them come to your area!

 

 

HOME

Millions of
Wigtune MP3
Downloads!

 

Pastors, worship music ministers, small group leaders, praise bands and members of over
3337 ministries from 94 countries world-wide including all 50 states in the United States
are now using Wigtune praise and worship resources.

We pray that these materials have provided all of you with untold blessings!

Wigtune Company

An offering of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the worship edification of the Body of Christ.
Colossians 3:15-17

Praise and Worship Songs to bless God. . .

Free Praise Music, Charts Song and Hymn Stories  

Top Ten Praise MP3s

Contemporary Worship and Praise Music Archive

Latest  Contemporary Praise and Worship Music Releases

Traditional Hymn Music

Christmas Praise Music

Easter Worship Music

Patriotic Praise Hymns (American)

Instrumental Worship Music

Praise Music For Worship Devotions

Contemporary Christian Ministry Songs

Free On-Line Praise and Worship Studybook  

Listen to Wigtune Worshim Music on live Internet radio

Wigtune Contemporary Worship, Praise and Hymn CD's

Karaoke (Accompanyment Tracks for your favorite Wigtunes)

Testimonials

Vision Statement

Wigtune Story 

Copyright Restrictions

Contact Us

Spread the Word!

Bible Study Helps, a Multitude of Christian Links and Other Goodies

Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

Statement of Faith

Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?

"I might not be a religious man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very good! . . . I don’t think that I have ever given such high ratings to so many songs before. But the fact is that they are well deserved because the music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they really get to your heart. . .everytime."
Fredrik Cole: Trax In Space

 

 

 

  

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 Jesus based praise music and song along with traditional Christian hymns performed in a contemporary fashion in order to encourage the body of Christ to blend the old with the new in a scriptural fashion.  An on-line Bible study is offered that goes into the biblical and historical foundation of worship for music ministries, the music minister, praise leader, pastor and serious Bible student.  The study is presented in outline form with relevant scripture references and questions.  Download this helpful work for free! was formed as a service to the body of Christ to encourage scriptural worship. To accomplish this goal Wigtune Company offers free praise words, worship music, free hymn downloads, Christian mp3, Christian rock, contemporary praise music and hymn mp3 and chart material along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  In order to bridge the gap between the old and the new the worship study book gives solid theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.

Click on one of the links below to enter into the area of the Wigtune site that interests you for worship charts download, Christmas music online, and Bakersfield CA recording studios availability!

Wigtune Company believes that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymn and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme. Vision Statement    Don and Vanessa Wigton share the vision of Wigtune Company.  Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.   Wigtune Story    The Wigtune Company free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.   Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise and Worship Music Mp3s and Charts   Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Wiggy's Top Ten Praise MP3s Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Radio: Listen to Wigtune Worship Music on Live Internet Radio

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.    Wigtune Praise Worship and Hymn CD's

 What are they saying about Wigtune praise and worship contemporary and hymn music   Testimonials: What they are saying about Wigtune Music

Please help Wigtune Company by observing the copyright restrictions listed on this page.  The praise and worship materials (praise songs and hymns) have been offered up for free with love!  Copyright Restrictions    

What do you think of Wigtune's offering of praise music and worship study materials?  Let us know by e-mailing us?   Contact Us    If you have been blessed by the free praise music (praise choruses and traditional hymns) and the worship study book, don't keep it to yourself.  Click here to see how you can spread the word!   Spread the Word!

Bullet1.gif (1151 bytes)  Bible Study Helps, a Multitude of Christian Links and Other Goodies

Click here to find out what organization are utilizing Wigtune contemporary Christian and traditional praise and worship music, chord charts, and online worship Bible study.  Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

 Bullet1.gif (1151 bytes)   Add URL    Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.  Statement of Faith

Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.   Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?

Click here to view Christian WEB Ring links.  WEB Rings  Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.  

 The Wigtune Home Page: Free mp3 praise music and hymns sung in a contemporary fashion.  On-line worship study book for Bible students, music ministers, song leaders and pastors is also available!

This WEB page created by

Wigtune Company Praise and Worship Music Resource Center

Last updated on 12/18/12 This worship site for Christians was created in Front Page

 

Copyright 1999 Don Wigton. All rights reserved.