Minimalism Saves | Accessibility in Worship

For the longest time – I was the biggest advocate for virtuosity in Christian music

Fire-Call

Fire-Call (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

arguably most in worship music. In fact – I still am an advocate for this. If you check out my post back in March – I’m all for finding ways to make our worship music beautiful and ornate & I’m all against being complacent and not challenging ourselves to compose more smartly for the Kingdom.

But, when I was writing papers in college on ‘how‘ and ‘why‘ we should change the way praise & worship music is composed – I was missing one obvious characteristic

Accessibility

As much as I would love the congregations of the protestant church to dance a polyrhythm or sing modulations through a circle of mediants (uhh… what?) – The fact remains that they would have to learn the music before they could worship – and that whole act of learning these compositions would take time AND glory away from the Creator.

We must remember  – Christianity isn’t North Korea. We don’t have to put on a show to please a dictator.

We don’t have to do more.                                                                                                            Jesus already loves us.

In fact, our worship music is often best when it is reflective of His very yoke – Easy 

Line art drawing of a yoke

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 I can only imagine how many have been won & saved by simple 4 (or less) chords 4/4 time signature worship songs.

  • How He Loves – John Mark McMillan 
  • Break Every Chain – Will Reagan
  • Name Above Every Other Name – Justin Rizzo
  • Where You Go I Go – Brian Johnson
  • You Won’t Relent – Misty Edwards
  • Sweetest Name – Will Reagan
  • Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
  • Our God is Greater – Chris Tomlin

the list goes on…

The more accessible we compose our worship music, the easier God can be felt coming through the mix speaking to us.

In light of this, I’m nearly convicted to write a 2 chord worship song and make it extravagant!

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