Is it ok for corporate Worship to be a show? I guess that depends on how you define your terms. I thought it was pretty funny to look at Webster's definition for "show" and think about the church. I think #4 was my favorite, but #5a is pretty interesting too.
1: a demonstrative display show of strength>
2a archaic : outward appearance b: a false semblance : pretense
show of friendship>c: a more or less true appearance of something : sign d: an impressive display show — John Lahr>e: ostentation
3: chance 2
show in spite of his background>4: something exhibited especially for wonder or ridicule : spectacle
5a: a large display or exhibition arranged to arouse interest or stimulate sales
show>b: a competitive exhibition of animals (as dogs) to demonstrate quality in breeding
6a: a theatrical presentation b: a radio or television program c: entertainment
7: enterprise , affair
8: third place at the finish (as of a horse race)
9:often capitalized : the major leagues in baseball —used with the
Welcome to the Worship Circus. We have the greatest show on earth, or at least a better one than the church down the road.
How does this make you feel?
The problem with this statement is that if you are part of a well programmed, highly visionary, talented church you take offense when someone criticizes all of the effort you have put into doing something well/excellent for your Lord.
And when you are a small church with a lousy praise team (if you have one at all), and Sunday after Sunday of slightly controlled chaos, you're offended by the shallowness of people who leave your congregation for what you call the greatest show in town. After all, you're doing the best you can with what you have. How will you ever get better if everyone keeps leaving for something else?
Isn't it good to do things well? And yet, isn't it superficial to leave one church and go to another because the music is better on Sunday morning?
I guess the question I'm asking myself today is this...
Would our church have a better "show" if we had more money and people, or would our service remain about the same regardless of our resources? What principles are guiding our corporate worship?
In another video Mr. Fitch speaks about being able to put together the service in 5 minutes, even if the people who were supposed to carry out the service are unable to show up.
How would your congregation and church leadership handle things if...
The piano player/band didn't show up?
The pastor was unable to speak? (ok...some of you are celebrating)
The projectors wouldn't work?
There was no power at all?
In part two I'll be working on figuring out what "non-attractional" corporate worship looks like.
Is that a synonym for ugly?