The following first appeared in Let’s Worship a publication of LifeWay Church Resources.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.” Acts 2:42
“Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the earth.” Matthew 28:19-20
Being and doing church can all be summarized in these two scriptures.
Now that you have jumped into this article and read the first few lines you are probably asking yourself; ‘what do these scriptures have to do with worship staging?’
It’s about church…about the great commission, about the public gathering and everything the worship planners and facilitators do must support both the Acts and Matthew passages. That’s why we have decided to invest in a great sound system, an effective light system, a clear and easily seen projection system that is why we decide to change the look of our stage regularly…to help make clear the message of the gospel and encourage others to engage in worship.
Changing Church Architecture
In past centuries and generations architecture was used to focus the attention of the worshiper on biblical symbols of worship: the Word, the Table and the Cross. The Table was central, the Cross prominently displayed and the outline of a cross was even used as the layout for the building itself. Those leading worship, other than when serving communion, were given places away from center stage.
There has been an evolution of worship architecture through the generations where focus is given to the center of the platform finding there the choir, and central pulpit. What led to this change was born in the revival movement of the early 1800s where God used ordained men to proclaim the truths of His Word. It is not that the men were the central focus but they were placed in the center of the stage out of necessity so that all in the room would have equal opportunity to hear.
As places of worship continued to evolve we begin to see the influence of theater. It is through this process of worship center evolutions that technology and theatrical devices were used to make sure the messenger was seen and heard.
The reality of today’s church architecture is Continue Reading…