Summary: Jesus said, "True worshippers will worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24) 14 different styles of worship service for various audiences
Jesus said, "True worshippers will worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24)
* Seeker-Sensitive Worship Services
Those who follow the Willow Creek Community Church model who seek to present and explain the gospel in non-religious terms using contextually relevant methods to non-christians. God uses this style of worship often in suburban communities where the unchurched are welcomed to a church service without all the formality of formal worship services. Praise choruses are used as a way of giving a buoyant atmosphere without appearing to be too religious. Drama is often used to creatively present the truth of the Bible in entertaining ways. The felt needs of people are often considered in the presentations as a way of appealing to where individuals are hurting. Believers are encouraged to get the deeper teaching of the scriptures in other mid-week or home fellowship meetings.
* Grow-level Worship Services
These fellowships are aimed at helping growing Christians to develop in all aspects into Christ. Typically worship services will concentrate on the preaching and teaching of the scriptures to Christians who are interested in finding how they can learn how to study the Bible on their own in more personal ways.
* Develop-level Worship Services
These fellowships are designed to provide opportunities to Christian who have discovered their gifts to contribute to the edification of fellow believers. The Lord uses a wide variety of gifts and talents in the developing Christians to provide a worship service that will instruct, inspire, and illuminate the full counsel of God from the scriptures.
* Disciple-Making Worship Services
These fellowships are often conducted in para-church organizations like those of the Navigators, Inter-Varsity Fellowship or Campus Crusade for Christ. Purposefully, these worship services are designed to give disciples opportunities to grow in their preaching, teaching and leadership skills. The greatest benefit that often comes from these worship services is that people have an opportunity to grow in their understanding of how God can use them to make disciples through a variety of speaking, writing and teaching ministries.
* Leaders Worship Services
These fellowships are designed to help leaders grow in their intimacy with the Lord. Often times leaders worship services are done individually so that the leader is able to personalize his worship and gain greater intimacy with the Lord. Occasionally, Pastors, Teachers or Christian leaders will come together in conferences where they will worship the Lord with specific agendas designed around a particular topic.
* Reproducers Worship Services
Occasionally, heads of mission organizations, denominations or para-church groups will assemble their reproducing directors to help refine, focus and sharpen one another for the purpose of finding ways to more effectively fulfill the great commission of Matthew 28:18-20. World wide conferences such as those conducted by the Billy Graham Association and World Evangelical Fellowship bring delegates from around the world to worship, pray and to share with one another ways that they can cooperate as a world wide body of Christ to see the great commission accomplished.