Robert Webber coined the phrase blended worship to describe an approach to worship that combines the old ways with the new, the hymns with the contemporary. In Planning Blended Worship, he defines this style of worship as being characterized as:
- rooted in the biblical and early church tradition
- drawing from the resources of the entire church
- a radical commitment to contemporary relevance.
Although blended worship can be difficult to balance, it can be fitting for many churches wishing to bridge the generational gaps among churchgoers.This is why I decided to write this blog. I am currently serving as “worship leader” in a small church in New England that has recently decided to make some changes to keep the church from dying off (literally). A few years ago, a new pastor introduced praise choruses into the service. The worship style has evolved from there, but we have not given up on our favorite hymns — and occasionally grab the hymnals to sing!
So, I jumped on board to help facilitate the process of “blending” — we haven’t quite “blended” yet!
Some of you know me as Mandy Thompson from Georgia — some of you know me as Mandy Thompson from Massachusetts, but most of you probably don’t know me at all.
Either way, this blog will hopefully offer you a perspective on this “blending” experience, as well as tips and lessons learned to make sure things blend smoothly
Blessings in blending!