Nine Rapid Changes in Church Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership #060


I did a video about this for my Spanish Speaking YouTube Channel, and Rainer has now done a podcast about this extremely interesting subject. Here are the 9 changes:

  • Choirs are disappearing. From 1998 to 2007, the percentage of churches with choirs decreased from 54% to 44%. If that pace holds to this year, the percentage of churches with choirs is only 37%.

  • Dress is more casual. In many churches, a man wearing a tie in a worship service is now among the few rather than the majority. While the degree of casual dress is contextual, the trend is crossing all geographic and demographic lines.

  • Screens are pervasive. Some of you remember the days when putting a projection screen in a worship center was considered a sacrilege. Now most churches have screens. And if they have hymnals, the hymnals are largely ignored and the congregants follow along on the screens.

  • Preaching is longer. I will soon be in the process of gathering this data to make certain the objective research confirms the anecdotal information.

  • “Multi” is normative. Most congregants twenty years ago attended a Sunday morning worship service where no other Sunday morning alternatives were available. Today, most congregants attend a service that is part of numerous alternatives: multi-services; multi-campuses; multi-sites; and multi-venues.

  • Attendees are more diverse. The Duke study noted the trend of the decrease in the number of all-white congregations.

  • Conflict is not increasing. In a recent post, I noted the decreasing frequency of worship wars. The Duke study noted that overall church conflict has not increased over a 20-year period.

  • More worship attendees are attending larger churches. Churches with an attendance of 400 and up now account for 90% of all worship attendees. Inversely, those churches with an attendance of under 400 only account for 10% of worship attendees.

  • Sunday evening services are disappearing. This issue has stirred quite a bit of discussion the past few years.

You can listen to the podcast here.


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