The Future of Worship Music?

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Originally published on www.DavidSantistevan.com. Thanks to David for allowing TWC to republish this!

I’ve been having numerous conversations surrounding the future of worship music.

What will Sunday morning look like in 20-30 years?

Will it be completely electronic?

Will the electric guitar be obsolete?

Will it resemble a late night rave?

Will the current Sufjan Stevens obsession sweep across all the earth?

What I Have Seen

When I was a kid, worship music was all about 80s guitar solos and simplicity. I was raised under the fine worship music of the Vineyard where they pioneered a new brand of intimacy in worship.

Choruses were simple. They were personal. They were expressive. Lindell Cooley & The Brownsville Revival helped make these songs even more popular.

Integrity/Hosanna created an empire out of this. They helped launch worship music into a place of social prominence in the church. Artists like Ron Kenoly & Paul Baloche helped to write songs that have become resounding hits.

We cannot fail to mention the Brit-worship surge of bands like Delirious or Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, and Stuart Townend who have written some of the best worship songs in the world.

And don’t forget Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Empire. Oh, what Hillsong has done for worship music.

Recently Gungor released their new work, “Ghosts Upon the Earth”. This is definitely worship music of a different kind. Probably because they’re not trying write “worship music”.

Today, bands like Jesus Culture & John Mark McMillan are pioneering a new, raw expression of worship.

Will The Worship Wars Be Over?

It also makes me wonder if the worship wars will be over soon.

Those of us who are young, will we resist change in the future or will we embrace it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I learn so much from these discussions.

Where is worship music headed? What can we expect?



is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church, where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community and at HighestPraise.com.

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