Onward, Christian praise teams

Reinventing the choir

I’ve seen a lot of religious improvements come and go. I remember the “last day” emphasis in teen camp sermons. I was around for the concept of “sancta-nasium,” when the church sanctuary was combined with a teen-centered gymnasium. (And learned that one has not truly praised the Lord until one has done so in repentance at the foul line.) Now another trend is proliferating like dandelions upon the lawns of worship.

Those of you in the backwaters—who have not yet a CD player in your surround-a-sound system or who are still using a piano to support Christmas and Easter cantatas—may need to sit down to hear this. The church choir is passé. Yes, in pursuit of greater inclusivity, we will now be led by praise teams.


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