John Stackhouse penned an article this week for Christianity Today with the apt title, “Memo to Worship Bands: Five sound reasons to lower the volume.” Stackhouse’s central concern is summed up in this sentence: “I find almost every worship band in every church I visit to be too loudâ€”not just a little bit loud, but uncomfortably, even painfully, loud.” He then goes on to give five reasons why worship leaders should turn down the volume.
Stackhouse concludes his essay with this:
“So, church musicians, if you want to perform a fine song that requires advanced musicianship, by all means do it. We will listen and pray and enjoy it to the glory of God.
“But when you are leading us in singing, then lead us in singing. And turn it down so we are not listening to youâ€”or, even worse, merely enduring you. I know that is not what you want to happen. But I am telling you that’s what is happening.”
I’d be interested to know how many of you resonate with Stackhouse’s concern.