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Worship in a Changing World. Source: Robert Webber, Worship First conference John.chandler@vbmb.org. Worship Changes in 20 th Century. Traditional. Contemporary. Postmodern . 1900 1960 1990. 9 Traditions, 1900-1960. Liturgical Reformed Anabaptist Quaker Restitution Revivalism

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Worship in a changing world

Worship in a Changing World

Source: Robert Webber, Worship First conference

John.chandler@vbmb.org


Worship changes in 20 th century
Worship Changes in 20th Century

Traditional

Contemporary

Postmodern

1900 1960 1990


9 traditions 1900 1960
9 Traditions, 1900-1960

  • Liturgical

  • Reformed

  • Anabaptist

  • Quaker

  • Restitution

  • Revivalism

  • Soul Worship

  • Pentecostal

  • Holiness


Three characteristics of traditional worship
Three Characteristics of Traditional Worship

  • 1. Print-oriented.

  • 2. Predictable.

  • 3. Isolationist.


Two worship renewal movements now talking
Two Worship Renewal Movements Now Talking

Catholic Renewal – Mainline Renewal

Blended 1990

Pentecostal 1906 Praise/Worship 1965

Charismatic 1940s


Key contemporary flashpoints
Key Contemporary Flashpoints

  • Bill and Gloria Gaither, 1960s

    • Music revolution in U.S.

  • Jesus People (1970s)

    •  Maranatha music

  • A new move out of isolationism (today)


Shift into postmodern worship

Convergence

Liturgicaland charismatic worship are moving out of isolationism and into conversation

Catholic/Liturgical

Restore a biblical theology and structure of worship

Pentecostal / Liturgical / Praise

Restore the immediacy of the Spirit in worship

Shift into Postmodern Worship


From answers to experience
From “answers” to “experience”

  • People no longer come into town looking for the best preaching, but the best worship

  • They don’t want “evidence that demands a verdict,” but an encounter with the living God


7 characteristics of new postmodern worshipers
7 Characteristics of New Postmodern Worshipers

  • Ready to commit.

  • Spiritual but not religious.

  • Nostalgic for the past.

  • Long for connection.

  • Attracted to mystery and ambiguity.

  • Participatory joiners.

  • Audio-visual learners.

Bonhoeffer

Anti-institutional

Taize, Iona, Greek Orthodox

Chat room

Aware of complexity, seeking wisdom (not answers)

Don’t want worship done to them

Beyond talking head


Love hate 2001 survey of wheaton students
Love/Hate2001 Survey of Wheaton students

  • 91% negative: “entertainment worship”

    • Worship done “to me”

      • beyond “excellence”

    • Presentational

    • Whether traditional or contemporary

  • 98% positive: “encounter with God”

    • Depth and substance


  • 5 characteristics of postmodern worship
    5 Characteristics of Postmodern Worship

    • 1. Authentic

    • 2. Spiritually engaging

    • 3. Participatory

    • 4. Visual/Oral

    • 5. Contemplative


    The conflicts
    The Conflicts

    • Recently: The “Booster” vs. the “Boomer”

      • Worship wars

  • Coming: the “Boomer” versus the “20-something”

    • Won’t be a fight, because 20s are surfers, not fighters


  • A theological hypothesis
    A theological hypothesis …

    • If worship is a function of mission …

    • … then the forms of worship will change as cultures change

    • … even as the object of worship remains unchanging and eternal!


    A question
    A question …

    • How does worship in your church need to change in order to help people in your culture connect with the God of Jesus Christ?


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    Worship in a Changing World

    Dr. John P. Chandler

    The Ray and Ann Spence Network for Congrgational Leadership

    www.rasnet.org

    John.chandler@vbmb.org

    Copy right John P. Chandler, 2001