Church, Manchester, Faith, Punk

I am a snob

One of the searches that brings the most traffic to this blog is “Why worship music sucks”. I get  hits from that regularly. I think it is kinda funny but I also wonder if it just shows I am only contributing negatively to this debate.

I want to be part of a church that pushes cultural boundaries. I want to see church bust out of the “worship music genre” and create sounds, music, songs, and worship that the local communities can really get a hold of. I want to see churches that innovate musically so that the world looks in and sees creativity not mediocrity. Do I get that by whining about worship music and contemporary christian music (CCM)? Probably not.

A friend of mine got annoyed by my complaining about CCM and worship music. In short, he told me to shut-up or have a go myself. This would be disastrous given my considerable lack of talent and gifting. However, it did make me think that I need to be able to do something productive.

So here is some positivity – At Christ Church Manchester I am not alone in my desire to produce amazing worship. We have some very good worship leaders who love music (this is surprisingly rare) and are genuinely talented. We also have musicians who are trying to get into local bands and influence the scene in Manchester.

In September we will start our second site called CCM:City (it was formerly The Chapel). One of the things that excites me about this venture is that we are not scratching around for musicians, we already have some real talent. It wont happen quickly and I am expecting some spectacular mistakes but I honestly think these guys and girls could do something quite special.

My job is to give them plenty of freedom, backing, time and to avoid snobbery. My taste is not important. There is a chance we could end up with something I find very distasteful but it maybe incredibly innovative, creative and worshipful. I cannot wait.

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7 responses

  1. You are a snob, as are most of us – it’s just we keep quiet about it.

    I love your last paragraph and agree with you that sometimes what is produced in our churches may not be to our specific taste – but it “maybe incredibly innovative, creative and worshipful”.

    Given your great skill at writing how you feel, and your great taste in lyrically strong music, I think all your readers would love to see some worshipful lyrics from you – do you accept the challenge?

    June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  2. Hmmmm. Cheeky.

    I do accept the challenge. However, lets take it a step further. I will pen some lyrics and then you have to turn it into a song.

    Deal?

    June 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

  3. Matt Simmonds

    Chris, as one of the few that have heard Tim’s early songwriting attempts I urge you to please, please avoid the temptation to encourage him to ‘pen some lyrics’. No good can come of this. Children’s ears will bleed and old women will run for cover. Twenty somethings will look bemused and Colin will fire him.

    I repeat, no good can come of this.

    June 29, 2010 at 7:56 am

  4. Amazing how you can always rely on your brother to put the boot in.

    June 29, 2010 at 8:38 am

  5. all sounds quite fun to me

    June 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

  6. Steven Li

    Tim, you can pen some lyrics to me and if they’re really as bad as Matt says, I’ll try and alter them slightly but keep the same meaning (if possible). =]

    July 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

  7. Thanks Ste.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

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