Sunday, January 3, 2010

Music: The Language of Young Adults

The language of today's young adults is music. Churches that understand this new language will be able to effectively reach young adults. Many churches falsely think that if they just add drums or guitars to their worship services then they will automatically reach young people. While it is true that most young adults prefer music that is more upbeat than traditional Sunday morning hymns, just speeding up the tempo alone will not keep them coming to church.

The secret to communicating to young adults through music is to understand that young adults use music to express their emotions and communicate with those around them. They sing about their experiences and how those experiences make them feel. Young adults use music to communicate how they feel about themselves, other people, politics, nature, and even spiritual matters.

When it comes to spiritual matters, young adults prefer music that allows them to talk "to" God instead of just "about" God. Though they may prefer the music to be upbeat, what is more important to them is that the music is filled with spiritual passion. They want their music to be a conversation with the Living God, not just state theological facts about God. Those who think that modern Christian music is shallow fail to grasp the depth of adoration for God that wells up from deep within young Christian adults when they sing and play music to the Lord. Skeptics of modern Christian music run the risk of following the poor example of Micah, the wife of David, who despised his passion for worshipping the Lord in 2 Samuel 6.

Regardless of how comfortable we may be with our own religious traditions of the past, churches that desire to reach today's young adults must come to terms with the reality that music is a key factor in reaching them. If churches can learn to speak the same musical language as these young adults, we may be surprised just how many young adults will become committed to the church.

11 comments:

  1. Though I have written on this subject before, the music at Faith Community Church in Barre was particularly Spirit filled this morning and I felt compelled to write once again on this important subject.

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  2. Dr. Dorsett, I appreciated your insites on connecting with our youth. Do you have a web site to listen to some of the music you right of. May God continue to bless your work and ministry.

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  3. Alexandra PridemoreJanuary 4, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    I like this.

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  4. It's a message worth repeating. Thanks!!

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  5. Your message hits right in the center. If we are going to conect with the young adults, and even some of the older adults then we better look at our Music.

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  6. Betsy Breeyear FinstadJanuary 5, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    I like it.

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  7. Very good point referencing David's wife's reaction. That is interesting to think about. Personally, I used to view christian rap as a joke, but I learned not to judge things so quickly. My youth group is made up of all inner city kids, and they tell me how the music they listen too (christian rap) pulls them through the day. They have so much crap going on around them, and they feel constantly refreshed listening to lyrics about Christ on top of a beat they can relate to.

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  8. Joyce Dorsett (Dr. T's proud mother!)January 7, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    I see this more and more in our own church.

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  9. Saw the report on the Channel Three news about your church and the youth band and how it is drawing so many people in. Keep on lifting Jesus up and people will keep coming in.

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  10. Glad you saw the news report on TV, here is the link to the printed version of the report.

    http://www.wcax.com/global/story.asp?s=11729190

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  11. And if you want to see the actual video of the newscast, you can watch it at the link below. There is a short "ad" video at the front that I don't know how to get rid of. So just ignore the first 30 seconds and then watch the report after that.

    http://www.wcax.com/global/video.asp?clipId=4412436&autostart=true

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