Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type



College of Business and Legal Studies

Primary Advisor

Dr. Joshua Britt


Music is a very powerful tool. It is a very important part of the world around us. Some would even say that without it, life would not be the same. When it comes to church, it is not any different. Music plays a very large part of most church services today, whether that be having someone play a church organ in a more traditional church or by having a full worship band with lights and production in a more contemporary church. With that comes the issue of performance within the church music context. One of the biggest issues within the church today is the issue of worship vs. performance. As a worship leader myself I have seen first hand how often people in a congregation will view something as performance instead of worship prematurely, without even knowing the heart behind the people “performing”. This thesis will not only address this issue, but it will also challenge you to think twice before judging anyone on platform during a worship service.