I’ve wondered about this for a while now… We all have people in our churches who really enjoy the music part of a worship experience. They clap, cheer, move with the music (in some churches they actually dance!), they are in church early, or at least on time. They really help raise the level of participation when they are there and encourage others to sing along, clap, and be a part of what is going on.
So I’m wondering should we as leaders encourage these people to continue and to actually be strategic about “planting” them in our services? Putting them up in the front rows so people can see their enthusiasm? I know for example, that these types of people will stay standing unless otherwise told, whereas the other majority sit down at the first chance. These people clap no matter what, while the other majority need to be verbally told that this is the time to clap.
Now I know that worship is much more than singing, clapping, dancing, etc. But it is those things and more. So my question is, how strategic do you plan for participation? Is it just a verbal invitation at the start of the service? Or would you go as far as planting worshipers in your services? I’m really starting to lean towards the later.
How about you?Ã‚Â (Maybe you go to one of those churches where people start singing & clapping at the drop of a beat…)