Do You Have a Philosophy of Worship?

What's Your Philosophy of Worship?

Does your congregation have a philosophy of worship? I recently came across a very well-written philosophy of worship from ‘The Meeting Place’ church (TMP). If you are developing your own standards for your worship ministry, this is a good place to start.

Key Values for Your Philosophy of Worship

The guiding definition of worship at TMP is: Worship is our appropriate response to God’s self-revelation. An encounter with God involves strong and real emotions and clear thinking. The following values provide a center for your philosophy of worship, and boundaries that allow innovation to occur in a context of creative confidence.

1. Invitational and Evangelistic

A TMP worship experience creates a place were people can encounter and are invited to believe in Jesus Christ. Guests and regulars alike will know that God is real and reveals his presence among us. Worship must be Christo-centric, filled with joy, portray the gospel and invite specific response.

2. Assume nothing and Explain everything (little and lots)

Our Sunday morning worship experiences are targeted for those who are “exploring Christ” and “growing in Christ.” To do this effectively, we assume a zero to minimal biblical knowledge or Christian worldview. We recognize that basic Christian vocabulary must be explained often and that people do not have familiarity with even the most basic practices of prayer or public worship. Our aim is to meet people where they are at and move them toward a thriving relationship with Jesus.