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Worship Today: An Interview with Five Church of God Worship Leaders

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Clockwise from lower left: Chad Harlan, Kendyl Terry, Doug Irving, Mandy Bohm, Kenneth Spiller. Jesus is the subject!

By Carl Stagner

The Church of God has long been known as a singing church. We’re a group that sings our theology, and we worship the Lord with joy! Of course, the Church of God has a history of worshiping through instrumental music, prayer, Scripture reading, as well as other arts, including a more recent expression—dance. A look back reveals what worship looks like in the movement has evolved over the years. Methods and forms have changed, but necessary elements have remained the same. While there is much to celebrate, there are certainly also ways we can improve. In the following interview with Church of God Ministries (CGM), five Church of God worship leaders offer their reflections on worship in the church today: Doug Irving, of Pennway Church (Lansing, Michigan); Kenneth Spiller, of Parkgate Community Church (Pasadena, Texas); Mandy Bohm, of Teays Valley Church (Scott Depot, West Virginia); Chad Harlan, of First Church (St. Joseph, Michigan); and Kendyl Terry, most recently of Highland Park Community Church (Casper, Wyoming). Continue reading

Why I Ask My Worship Team to Be a Little Disingenuous

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By Neil Oldham

What?! Disgusting! Didn’t Jesus rail against hypocrites, actors, and the disingenuous religious leaders of his day? Yes, he did. Yet I’ve sat across from my team as they’ve looked at me with uncertainty and said, “What you’re asking—I’d feel like I was being disingenuous.” But I keep on asking because I believe we’ve lost sight of what it means to do our job. Continue reading