Build One Another Up
I encourage pastors to plan the service with an eye to the whole congregation. First of all, teach the whole congregation that gathered worship is public discipleship. It's what God's people do when we meet.
Because of the priesthood of believers, when we gather, we all edify one another. The elders may take the lead in preparing the meal, as it were, that we feast on in God's word, but we all pass it around and serve it to one another.
When we gather, we all edify one another.
So it is a prepared meal, but it's also something of a potluck. We want to teach our people not to mainly come as consumers, wandering in a few minutes late, just hoping for a jolt of inspiration to get through the week. We want to teach congregants to come as producers, as the servants, with an eye to doing one another good.
Matthew Merker is the author of Corporate Worship: How the Church Gathers as God’s People.
The mark of a faithful church service is not whether it caters to our tastes, but whether it orients us to devotion to God, love for the body, and zeal to see our neighbors know Christ.
God gathers us to glorify him. Praise is the natural response of redeemed creatures.
Though we don't want to cater only to the unbelievers in our congregations, we need to be aware of certain things we can do to help them encounter Jesus in a way they can understand.
Bob Kauflin discusses his work as a songwriter and worship leader, reflecting on his process for writing songs for the church.