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Holy Wars

Church Growth: A Church Near You

TAGS: Church Growth, praise and worship, hymns, contemporary Christian music, Jeff Sharlet, Harpers, megachurch

Coming to a church near you

“A battle of immense proportions.”

 

Coming to a church near you

“Confusion, division and strife.”

 

Coming to a church near you

“A catastrophic struggle for its eternal soul.”

 

Many warriors are already engaged in the horrific tragedy. Others are left in unawares only waiting for calamity’s arrival. Few have been able to resist the call, for there is trouble in our midst and judgement in our future. It is a Holy War and its conclusion will determine the very nature of Christendom for decades to come.

The conflict begins simply enough with a new pastor in town. He has been very busy filling his church with fresh visions and the latest ideas. Even as he stepped before the congregation for the first time he looked around at the century-old pews to see too many old faces. “Where are the young folks?” he wondered. Just down the street the enthusiastic leader saw another church bursting at the seams with youthful and exuberant families. In the electrified air he heard the sweet sounds of guitars and drums accentuating simple melodies carrying intimate lyrics upward to the heavens. He desperately wanted some of that in his church. So, while filled with high hopes and good intentions, the resolute pastor decided to leave the past and press on to the future.

In the blink of an eye this church renewal advocate relegated the organ along with the choirpraise band leader to the back of the bus. He then dug up the faithful but inexperienced guitarist who had been leading worship and praise in the youth group. As a result of his promotion to the front of the congregation, the novice musician put together a makeshift band that literally took over the Sunday morning music program.

Suddenly and without warning the congregation was exposed to music that was very foreign to their ears. These were not the old hymns that they were raised under. They were something else, more like simple camp songs. And to them they sounded awful. After the service they staggered out of church confused and enraged at the fact that the music they had known for decades had instantly been pushed aside. The established music minister, who emerged from a formal background, could not contend with this new stuff. He had no skills in contemporary music and, like his organ, began to slip into the background. The Holy War had found its way into another church body.

praise and worship bandIn the name of progress our congregations are now filled with bitterness as many have been led to wonder, “What is happening in the music life of the church today?” And the question looms, “What is contemporary praise music all about?” and “What happened to the hymns?” Some see the new simplistic worship form as an affront to traditional hymn singing and view it with contempt. Others embrace it as the only music worth doing while viewing hymn singing as too complex and old fashion to achieve their worship goals. Regardless of what their congregation thinks, most pastors see the development of this new contemporary worship style in their churches as the only possible manner in which to survive in our society today. And yet the resultant push towards the future is fueling war and tearing many traditional congregations in half.

Controversy regarding the introduction of new church music does not only reside within church walls. There are also critics on the outside who look at this style of music that can be found in many megachurches throughout the country with a scathing eye. They see what is going on in these congregations with contemporary music as nothing more than commercialization, producing overly simplistic music that appeals to the masses and thus renders church music middle of the road and never too daring. They suggest these mammoth churches are marketing music, and religion, like Taco Bell markets food that tastes good to everyone.

With this in mind Jeff Sharlet lambasted a successful megachurch in the May 2005 issue of the liberal Harper's Magazine article, Soldiers of Christ when he wrote: “(The musicians) were all young and pretty, dressed in the kind of quality-cotton-punk clothing one buys at the Gap. Male singers. . . are almost always tenors, their voices clean and indistinguishable, R&B inflected one moment, New Country the next, with a little bit of early ‘90s grunge at the beginning and the end . . .The worship style is . . .designed for total accessibility, with the illusion of choice between strikingly similar brands . . .The drummers all stick to cymbals and beats anyone can handle; the guitarists deploy effects like artillery but condense them, so the highs and lows never stretch too wide. Lyrics tend to be rhythmic and pronunciation perfect, the better to sing along when the words are projected onto movie screens. Breathy or wailing vocalists drench their lines with emotion, but only within strict confines. There are no sad songs in the megachurch, and there are no angry songs. There are songs about desperation, but none about despair; songs convey longing only if it has already been fulfilled.”

Church Growth - The Mega Church Joel Olsteen Lakewood ChurchThe point Sharlet sought to make in his critique is that the church of today is busily applying market economics to its growth scheme in order to become larger-and larger. And all of this is done at the expense of artistry, creativity and honesty. In the example of music, according to Sharlet, only marketable “worship and praise” styles suits the likes of the megachurch today. The inference was that the church has sold out in order to become popular and music has taken the biggest hit as it has been rendered middle of the road in order to appeal to all. A lot of pastors do see contemporary music as a marketing tool, and it seems to be a necessity to have it in churches these days. And many sincere pastors contend that it has to be presented a certain way to get the growth results they are seeking after . . . You have to have drums and guitars, etc. to be successful.

This growth philosophy leads many to wonder where this new marvel of religious marketing is headed. Thus the question arises, “Could there be something important in Sharlet’s article that the church needs to hear?” As we look into the background of the Church Growth religious marketing movement, its history, its philosophies and how it has expanded and has been implemented over the years, various answers to that question become apparent.

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