Welcome to Worshipmythbusters.com. I am Rich Kirkpatrick, your host. Worship Mythbusters is about debunking damaging thinking that gets in the way of our worship. Employing the Socratic method, this podcast explores popular notions that may be more myth than truth.
I have with me today a group of guys for a round table discussion about today’s topic “I Get Disappointed With Worship”
- Barry Westman / twitter.com/bkwestman
- Justin Baker / twitter.com/justindbaker
- Ben Siedl / twitter.com/benundjasmin
- John Cordes / twitter.com/thejquinn
Our discussion included worship leaders from four states and one European country. Yes, WMB is now international! These guys feel like best buddies now because we had to scrap the first recording due to human error. And, to top that off, we had to record the conversation an additional two times due to technical issues. So, yes, this conversation was a labor of love and well, it won’t disappoint.
Then, its time for another TOP TEN list. This one is titled “Top 10 things that annoy me about modern worship music recordings”
“I get disappointed with worship”
Disappointment with worship seems like heresy. Of course, we can imagine God being disappointed with our worship, right? But, for us to claim that is, well, too human. Who are we as the worshiper to be disappointed?
And, if you are a worship leader you are well aware of disappointment. People send notes, cards and email jabs all the time about how they are disappointed with how worship went for them. “It’s too loud.” “Why is so and so not singing on the team as much?” “You look like you are performing, not leading us in worship.” “I just do not feel God’s presence here.” I think you get the picture.
We get blamed, then easily push back—even if just in our heads. We thing that the people in pews are to blame since they are making this all about them and not the object of our worship, God. Fingers point in all directions. We all do it. All of us are, well, disappointed at some point in time.
I contend that most of the time we feel disappointed exists not because he Holy Spirit has not shown up, or the worship leader is not fully of pure heart in the moment, or that the church is not progressing on mission. When expectations and truth or reality do not match, we become disillusioned. We have this in huge quantities every weekend in every church when what we want or expect is not delivered. We even get angry about it. Or, we give up. Disappointment.
There are three questions that I think can help us identify the root of our disappointment.
- What does God expect of us (church members, pastors, worship leaders, etc.) on Sunday mornings?
- What do we expect from ourselves (or others) on Sunday?
- What do we (the church and individuals) expect from God in our worship?
Top 10 things that annoy me about modern worship music recordings
Once in a while, an occasional general vent is what blogging and podcasting is expected to offer as well as the self-indulgent list. So here we go. As one who listens to many church modern worship recordings and who has recorded a bit, I noticed a few things that really seem to make this music unapproachable to the uninitiated person.
In other words, there are some signature and clichés we use in worship recordings that may not be helping us in relating to the average person out there who first hears it. This is all pretty subjective, but maybe there is something to learn from a list like this.
Top 10 List
- Auto tuned backing vocals, that are overdubbed a thousand times
- Every song is four-on-the-floor (kick drum every beat, for the lay person)
- The electric guitars are overdubbed at least 7 times (what worship team has that many!?)
- Loops that sound like crickets and chirpy things that jar you, rather than pull a song along.
- Does this tune have an ending? Really.
- How about the bridge that keeps repeating then getting louder each time.
- Tap delay on the guitar on EVERY song…so 1990s! Nothing wrong with a bit of overdrive or clean, right?
- LIVE recording does not have to mean your are in a cave!
- Did I hear this CD before?
- Is that the chorus, or is that the chorus or is that the chorus?