According to several contacts I’ve had over the past two years, both in the U.S. and outside of In our country, worship evangelism seems to be increasingly the worship of choice. By worship evangelism is just the opposite of seeker sensitive worship. It means that one of the goals of worship is for the non-believer to see Christians worshipping. So the time for worship, which is usually considered to be the music, is being extended. The idea is that when non-believers see Christians worshipping they are drawn more to God than in the seeker service.
What would you have to do for worship evangelism to take place in your worship?
You might start by reading Sally Morgenthaler’s book, Worship Evangelism. You might also revisit or read of the first time, the Chapter on worship in Growing Spiritual Redwoods, by Easum and Bandy. In both of these books you will find numerous ways to enhance the evangelism part of your worship.
One of the chief ways is to cease breaking up your worship into many different modules – do a hymn then a prayer then a responsive reading, then a hymn and so on. Instead have a longer period of music where people worship. In many cases this period is as much as forty-five minutes. But at least fifteen minutes of uninterrupted music.
Of course such a service can’t end without some kind of appeal for non-believers to commit their life to Christ. It doesn’t have to be an altar call or sing one more verse. But the service does need to move toward some recognition of the desire to see change and transformation in people’s lives. Often these churches have some form of both where people can register their decision for Christ.