Part V – Individual vs. Corporate Worship
In my last post in this series, I talked about how churches are responsible for the misunderstanding of what “worship” is because of the label the “worship team” and referring to the time of song-singing as “worship”.
My concern is that contemporary worship leaders and people in charge of
worship music teams think of their duty as “worship”, not “worship music”.
It becomes a problem because the music team’s main goal is to provide music for worship. It is certainly necessary for a music team to understand what worship is – but they must remember that their goal is to provide worship music.
Some people disagree with me – “what’s wrong with calling it worship? Isn’t that what it is?”. Over the next few posts I’m going to propose why I think it’s a problem.
Individual vs. Corporate Worship
We see the time of singspiration as needing to fulfill all aspects of “worship” with a particular need to have a deeply personal experience with God every single time we
worship sing songs in Church.
I began to ask the question – what is Corporate Worship? I believe that when we gather together as a church on a Sunday, our duty is as a corporate body. A member of the congregation attending the service should think corporately instead of individually.
We try to make “worship” fit into our understanding of what our personal worship is like, not what corporate worship, or worship music in a church service) should be.
Consuming the Church
Of course Worship can be an intensely personal thing. However, I don’ think that’s the point of corporate worship in our church services. if we over-emphasise the need to provide the individual connection with God at a weekly service then we will breed the problem of consumerism – where people attend Sunday service for what they themselves can get out of the songs e.g. a personal “re-charging” session etc.
I think its a big problem when people rely on church for that = Consuming the church.
The Church “Worship” Service
Yes there IS a place for an individual connection in song singing, e.g. at a ministry event, altar call, etc. But unless we have decided as a church that that’s what our services are meant for every week (as several churches do), our focus should be corporate worship.
Even then, ministry is usually reserved for after the sermon. So then, I acknowledge that the music then should have an emphasis on personal connection. But the 1/2 hour of song singing at the start of a large weekly church service? I’m not so sure.
Do you think corporate worship should be the focus of the church service? Or am I wrong and Worship (personal and corporate) the way to go for our church services?
What do you think?