ADORE: the disclaimers
<> NO, ADORE (and the Adore the Lord blog) is NOT a judgement or indictment on the current state of ‘worship music’, ‘worship ministry’ or ‘worship leaders’… God has used and blessed our ‘This and Here’ state to bring alive many good things in the Church since 1960…
<>NO, we are not going to descend into trite name-calling or labeling regarding ‘worship’ activities or the people who are currently a part.
<>YES, we will be talking about the ‘Worship Music Industry’, which has become a massive part of the conversation. Although ‘worship music’ is not a delineated category within the music industry’s metrics, ‘worship-themed media’ is estimated to now account for well over HALF of the report-able numbers (Gospel Music Assn, 2016); therefore, the scope of the Worship Music Industry can be reflected in that angle.
<>YES, we will be talking about some things that can get tangled in the perception that the FORMAT or PRAXIS equals the SUBSTANCE… for instance, ‘worship’ has absolutely nothing to do with having people up front in a band (FORMAT), facing a congregation, creating a time and environment called worship (SUBSTANCE). However, IN THIS EXAMPLE, we may be asking questions about ‘performance ethics’ and the resulting ‘unintended consequences’ of having a stage/platform-audience dynamic set up in times we call ‘worship’… what about large arena ‘shows’… what about…. ??
<>HOWEVER, NO ‘artist bashing’ or ‘ministry bashing’ will be occurring.
<>The ‘default position’ is that we are now being called to move towards the ‘What’s Next?’, believing that God will use our History and our current Reality to build a new Destiny and Future.
<>ADORE is all about moving forward in God It’s about going from good to GLORIOUS.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil 4:8 NIV
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