This blog is called Indigenous Worship because God is raising up indigenous, local tribes of songwriters and musicians all over the world who will praise Him for who He is and do so in a manner that reflects the actual people and places they are from. Here are a few reasons to consider writing for your local church
1) There are songwriters already in your church. Usually when I travel to talk about raising up songwriters people come in with a mindset of hoping to learn how to get songwriters to come to their churches, as if the writers were ‘out there’. Truth is, the songwriters are sitting in our churches right now! They just need to be empowered, trained, refined, and released. When Jesus constructs a church, which is his body, he doesn’t leave any part out, and that includes those parts that are designed for capturing and distilling melody and phrases down to something that we can all sing to God.
2) Songs written for the community of faith, by the community of faith, carry an aspect of authenticity and genuineness that people can sink their teeth into. People are looking for something real, and that encounter can come in a lot of different ways, but few are as powerful as a song sung by a group of people who are trying to work out the complexity of following Jesus together – a song written by those people! It’s the reason that pizza is different in Chicago than it is in New York! It’s the same idea worked through the specific people in a given region that makes it unique. New Yorkers weren’t trying to do something different than the good folks in Chicago, for the sake of being different, rather they were just being who they really are, no pretense, no faking, authentic.
3) Jesus is the most beautiful person in the universe, therefore a billion songs isn’t too many. Sometimes I read articles about how there are too many worship songs being written now, that we are drowning in ‘new material’, and that this has somehow weakened our collective worship experience. Now if your trying to every song off of every major release coming out these days, that could be a real problem. But rather than seeing the explosion of writing as a bad thing, I see it as an appropriate response to who Jesus is – that men and women, all over the world are getting a glimpse of the beauty of the Son of God, and trying their level best to respond! If your seeing Him, even a little, you’re responding, and it might just be a non-melodious yell at first, but soon enough those groans too deep for words are going to form into something more, a song of gratitude, a river of delight.