Description: That the landscape of corporate worship among Southern Baptist churches in America has changed drastically in the last fifty years is an inescapable fact. Just as the surrounding secular culture has experienced turmoil and upheaval, many of the long-held worship traditions of all Christian denominations including Southern Baptists have come under scrutiny, reform, and in some cases, outright rejection. There have been a variety of responses to the sociological and philosophical changes in the secular society. Some churches have adopted an isolationist methodology and have fiercely rejected any type of change in musical style, tradition, or worship practice. Churches on the other end of the spectrum are barely recognizable in comparison to their counterparts merely twenty-five years ago with respect to musical style, instrumentation, staging, and vocal leadership.

Location: Truett Seminary, Baylor University – Waco, Texas

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