Worship Design

Here is a quote from a recent Easum and Bandy discussion (http://www.easumbandy.com).

"Worship from AD 1000 through 1999 was designed for a Christian majority as an expression of the institutional church. Worship in the Apostolic Age and after AD 2000 is designed for a Christian minority as an expression of mission outreach. The only "good" worship is worship that helps people experience the transforming power of God, and motivates them to walk daily with Jesus."

As a pastor in the Northwest, I definitely understand the idea of being the minority. Many would say that the Northwest is on the leading edge of post-Christian culture in the United States. Is this fall toward secularism inevitable?

Here is a quote from McLaren's new book "Everything Must Change".

"...by postponing the essence of salvation to the afterlife, and by assuming God plans to destroy the earth, the conventional view leads us to assume that the world will get worse and worse, and that this deterioration is in fact God's will or plan. This assumption would tend to create a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. Not only that, but in some versions of the conventional view, the worse the world gets, the better we should feel since salvation - meaning post-mortem salvation after the world is destroyed - is approaching. In too many cases, the conventional view can lead people to celebrate humanity's "progress" in self-destruction rather than seeking to turn it around.

To put it bluntly, in terms of humanity and this earth, the conventional view too easily creates - unintentionally, of course – a kind of religious death wish."

I want to lead worship that leads Christians to CHANGE the world, not succumb to it.

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