3 Verbs We Must Encourage in Every Worship Gathering!

How many times have you heard/or preached that “Worship Is a Verb”? Hopefully many times! Can you name them? Here are THE three worship verbs required to have a true call and response kind of worship service, no matter what the style or setting.

Here’s the A list!

ACTIVATE your body!

Passive worshippers are not worshipping so much as they are simply observing others do all the work.

Some churches give opportunity to bow, cross and kneel in the presence of God. Others clap, yell and even dance before the Lord.

A church that doesn’t, in some way, invite physical expression is violating the “call and response” code … the one where YOU share in the richness of dialogue with your Creator.

APPLY yourself to receiving!

The design of worship should allow for people to place themselves directly in the path of spiritual blessing. Whether that blessing comes in the form of music, inspired teaching or profound emotion, we are to receive from God deep inner experiences of longing, hope and grace.

People who don’t want to receive anything in church should stay at home and read a good book. Worship is the place to receive assurance, pardon, joy and any number of other gifts that are part of being in corporate obedience.

ACCEPT the responsibility to do something!

If nothing comes of the worship in which we participate, then it is futile to engage in it. Every experience of the presence of God should send us out, not in.

Almost all preachers become preachers because they sensed a stirring toward that call while attending a service where the challenge was laid before them.

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Doug Lawrence
Doug Lawrence is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and advisor, who helps churches assess and improve their skillfulness in creating engaging worship experiences. In 2007 he founded and continues to serve as CEO of Speaking as a Performing Art, a firm which coaches leading executives and their teams and includes pastors from across the country. Doug co-authored GPS for Success, published in 2011, with Stephen Covey and others. You may reach him at [email protected]