Debate is a good thing. Somewhere in the worship culture we’ve decided that every new album is good, all sermons are theologically sound and there are no bad worship songs.

I don’t submit these little rants for the sake of venting (although it helps.) I do it because some stuff is great and some stuff isn’t. And it should be talked about.

-Since every crowd in live worship records scream and clap only in musical interludes and dynamic changes, I’m guessing that’s a studio trick. It works on the CD but anybody else think its dangerous for church musicians to learn songs where thousands of people cheering is actually a part of the arrangement? Any of you worship leaders have churches that scream like crazy in the musical breaks?

-Worship records have too many choruses at the end, right? Are we together on this one?

-I don’t mean to get all “Mark Driscoll” up in here, but it sure is refreshing to see male worship leaders who are masculine.

-One of the perks of being an “old” worship leader is that instead of wasting all your mental energy on remembering the arrangements and transitions, you can focus on loving people and leaning on God’s grace. And let’s be honest – that’s sometimes WAY more difficult than making sure you’re playing the right chords.

-I get depressed every time I look at one of those “top 10 Easter songs” or “Top 25 worship hits” lists.



  1. Kelly Perkins

    I agree with every comment…it’s finally refreshing to see that I am not the only one who has thought about these things…

  2. johnnydrummer

    -“Augmenting” an album that is supposed to be “live”: False witness? Also, the screaming is for…whom? When the riff starts and someone whoops, he’s happy he’s hearing a favorite song. Concert behavior.

    -Way too many. What’s the point in saying something more than two or three times?

    -We need men.


    -Why would ANY service be planned around what is selling?

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