This week we have been discussing worship in our youth ministries. Today, let me share my own recent experience and what I am learning practically and philosophically.
Recently I’ve really been wrestling with this idea of worship, and by that, I’m referring to the music part of worship we have every Wednesday night for 15-20 minutes. In my ministry context, we have a solid band led by 2 adults and compromised of a bunch of students and a couple other adults. They do a great job at scheduling the band, planning the set, and leading students into that time of worship. But there’s some struggles we are facing…
But lately, I’ve heard a few comments from different students who have essentially been “critiquing” the worship of others around them, or lack thereof. I’ve heard a few students and leaders make comments like, “Why aren’t these kids worshipping? Do they realize who they are worshipping to?” as well as “it doesn’t seem like students are really worshipping the way they should!” Just to defend myself before you start jumping to conclusions, I did nicely calm these people down and reminded them that if every kid in our building had their hands raised in genuine worship, then we probably need to get out and reach more students IN the community.
Now, I’m not sure if this is something you’ve ever come across in your context, but for me it kind of left me wondering about the purpose of this whole musical worship thing.
It has caused me to rethink our approach on our Wednesday night ministry setting, and ask some questions. I don’t have time/space to write down all of our thoughts, but her are some of the questions I have been asking:
- What is a “win” for worship on a Wednesday night?
- What are we trying to move students towards in worship?
- What can we do BETTER in order so that we’re accomplishing these wins?
For me, it’s been a fun little challenge as I’ve met with my band leaders and really thought through our vision and process. Because of these students and leaders who brought this to my attention, it has allowed me to think through and hopefully improve the future of our ministry and how it pertains to musical worship.
One thing I am reminded of is this: every youth group has the potential to become a place where the music in here sounds good, it looks good, everyone feels good, but it makes NO DIFFERENCE outside of these walls. What God calls us to is something more! Where we take the transformation that occurs in here, and move it outside of these walls.
In fact, I’d much rather see somebody sit in the back row with their hands in their pockets who is showing love to their neighbors and BEING Jesus to this world, than have somebody with their hands in the air for one minute, then cussing out someone at school the next day.
And, I believe that’s what God desires as well. To see students transformed on the inside and making an impact with their lives on the outside.
But it’s a good conversation. What do you think about all of this?