We will do secular music in our services. That’s been the case everywhere I have served (although it’s not that many places, and they’ve all been on the “big” side). Every so often, though, I go through a period of self-questioning on this. The question, of course, is “why?”
If it’s purely to be cool, I don’t think that’s reason enough to use the song. I do agree that using secular songs is a good “front door” for unchurched people. However, we have a limited amount of time in our services, and I’m not interested in wasting a moment of it, if the moment can be used to help bring people closer to God. That doesn’t mean that every moment has to be serious, or that every song has to be dripping with deep theological meaning. It just means that the song is there to help move people from where they are towards where they could be.
“Things are sacred or secular based on their use in the light of God’s design.” – Rick Muchow
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
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