The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship

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March 20, 2017                 Source: Christian Today

The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship

How does worship music style relate to congregational growth? In the past half century, perhaps no other Christian ministry innovation has been more influential and polarizing than contemporary worship. It has been maligned, celebrated, blamed for church splits (especially during the “worship wars” of the 1990s), credited for congregational growth, accused of fostering shallow, religious consumerism, praised for catalyzing spiritual revitalization among individuals and movements, and so forth. Another example of its contemporary significance is how worship commonly delineates one Christian community from another.

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