Worship Quantity effects Worship Quality

Quantity-Quality chartWeek by week I visit churches, lead worship, talk with Christians from various churches, and interact with those who plan and lead worship.  I’ve heard about the “train wrecks” that have been described when worship teams crumble.  I’ve listened to the frustration of musicians who are bored with the music on the one hand, or not skilled enough to play the music handed to them on the other hand.  I’ve counseled, taught, and written on worship planning for years hoping to equip those who will listen to plan, prepare and present more satisfying worship.

For the most part, there seems to me to be more frustration with modern day worship than satisfaction.  Although I could craft many arguments for the underlying reasons for this from a theological and philosophical perspective, in this article I want to focus on the one thing that could – in a very practical way – improve the corporate worship in every church this week.

Yes, that’s what I meant.  This one thing could improve corporate worship in every church this week:  there is a direct relationship between the quality of the worship presentation and the quantity of the elements during the service.  Basically, the more you try to do in a worship service, the lower the quality.  The less you do, the higher the quality.  Note the chart with this article for a visual representations of this idea.

The reason for this is that the worship team will have more time to focus on each element of worship, thereby working on details that will improve the presentation.  For example, practicing three songs in more detail will result in higher quality than cramming six songs into a rehearsal and hoping everyone remembers what to do during the service.

Also note on the chart that this quantity-quality relationship is dependent on the skill level of the musicians.  Musicians with more skill and experience will be able to produce at a higher quality level, whereas those musicians who have less skill will be limited in their ability to produce quality (unless they can focus on less).

A good thought to keep in mind is this:  doing fewer things really well will give everyone a higher quality worship experience.  From the planners, to the worship team, to the congregation, each will have the opportunity to worship God more fully without the distraction of a poor presentation.  Like it or not, the quality of our presentation in worship can either help or hinder a connection with God’s presence in our corporate worship.


Posted on January 26, 2016, in Christian Worldview, Content of Worship, Corporate Worship, Leadership, theology, Worship Leader and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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