You could not help but notice the trend of the past two decades. Numerous churches began offering worship services with different worship styles. It is not unusual to see a church post its times of worship for a contemporary worship service, a traditional worship service, and an occasional blended worship service. The trend was fueled […]
Worship is frequently a controversial topic, and it’s not my goal with this post to add to those debates. I also realize that the focus of worship is God. Any attention we give to the human component of worship might send us in the wrong direction, but that’s not my intent, either. I simply want […]
2015… it’s hard to say it, much less get used to writing it. WOW! What an amazing year 2014 has been for LifeWay Worship. 2014 saw many new marketing efforts, but one of the biggest commitments we made was to our blog, WorshipLife.com (an online community created for Worship Leaders and Worshipers). With a committment to […]
I really don’t like the phrase “worship wars.” Indeed, I was reticent to use it in the title. But it is the most commonly used verbiage to describe the conflict over worship style in our churches. Unfortunately, the current challenges have been present in our congregations for at least four decades. Stated differently but sadly, […]
My son, Jess Rainer, and I recently spoke in Texas on the topic of the Millennials, America’s largest generation of nearly 79 million persons. Because we co-authored a book entitled The Millennials, we have had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birth dates of […]
From Thom Rainer “I wish we could go deeper.” If you serve on a church staff, especially as a pastor, you know the frustration of hearing those words. That frustration is compounded if you press the maker of the above statement a little harder, asking them a simple follow up question: “What do you mean, […]
From LifeWay President Thom Rainer. On the day I wrote this article, I spoke with my youngest son about a sermon he just preached. I talked with my middle son about exciting developments at his church where he serves on staff as a pastor. And I also got to hear from my oldest son about […]
Please forgive me for the personal nature of this blog. I prefer to write about the state of churches in America and trends that impact those churches. But my heart is full right now, so please allow me the opportunity to share some thoughts.