Parallels in pre-Reformation and current contemporary worship models
Date: June 4, 2014
Have any of my church music colleagues come across a scholarly article on the parallels of pre-Reformation "professional" worship music leadership from the chancel and the current "professional" worship music leadership from the stage/chancel found in our contemporary services? In other words, worship music done in a way by the music leadership that prevents/impedes congregational participation…participation that was part and parcel of Luther's Reformation and subsequent reformations/revivals such as the Methodist movement in England and the Great Awakening revival in the US, where congregational singing was paramount? I'm not certain I want to write one, but maybe I will have to. It would make a great dissertation topic for a seminary or church music doctoral student if research on this topic has not been done.