Mark Cole on Having a Philosophy of Worship

Does your congregation have a Philosophy of Worship? I recently came across a very well-written philosophy of worship from ‘The Meeting Place’ church (TMP). If you are developing your own standards for your worship ministry, this is a good place to start.

Key Values for Your Philosophy of Worship

The guiding definition of worship at TMP is: Worship is our appropriate response to God’s self-revelation. An encounter with God involves strong and real emotions and clear thinking. The following values provide a center for your philosophy of worship, and boundaries that allow innovation to occur in a context of creative confidence.

  1. Invitational and Evangelistic

A TMP worship experience creates a place were people can encounter and are invited to believe in Jesus Christ. Guests and regulars alike will know that God is real and reveals his presence among us. Worship must be Christo-centric, filled with joy, portray the gospel and invite specific response.

  1. Assume nothing and Explain everything (little | lots)

Our Sunday morning worship experiences are targeted for those who are “exploring Christ” and “growing in Christ.” To do this effectively, we assume a zero to minimal biblical knowledge or Christian worldview. We recognize that basic Christian vocabulary must be explained often and that people do not have familiarity with even the most basic practices of prayer or public worship. Our aim is to meet people where they are at and move them toward a thriving relationship with Jesus.

  1. Un-distracting Excellence

We will sing, play, pray and teach in such a way that people’s attention will be drawn to the beauty and truth of the content. We value excellence as a tribute to God who is the source of creativity, and out of respect for those who have gathered. Bringing our absolute best is what we strive for.

  1. Participation and Performance

We encourage and anticipate a strong participation during sung worship at TMP. We value music that is current, singable and expresses a full range of responses to God. Sung worship provides an excellent opportunity to teach how we are able to best relate to our heavenly Father. Performance songs are used to create engagement and help elevate teaching themes.

  1. Creative and Consistent

We foster creativity in the arts as an essential part of our worship. We value creating consistent experiences so that everyone could describe with confidence what a guest would encounter in a worship service should they respond to an invitation to attend.

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Source: Church Leaders