Church Without Sound
Imagine church without sound.
I do not mean removing things that make noise – sound systems, music, people. I mean imagine experiencing your church as it normally is but not being able to hear anything. Would the non-audible elements be enough to minister to you?
If you were to take away sound, would people still be ministered to?
If someone saw a muted video of your church service, what would they think?
- Would your environment create a sense of awe for the Creator like the churches of the Renaissance?
- Visually, how does your worship music seem? Authentic? Passionate? Like a rock concert? Worshipful?
- When you take away the words, are the greeters authentic?
- Is the tone and subject of the message evident in the preacher’s body language?
- What about the sermon branding?
- Is the life-changing power of Christ evident on the congregation’s faces?
- Is there a sense joy, hope, and love?
- People can spot a fake smile. People can discern authenticity. If someone who was not a Christian watched your congregation worship, would they want what they have?
Albert Mehrabian’s research shows that communication is influenced only 7% by words, 38% by tone of voice, and 55% by body language. All too often, we focus on the 7% of words and forget to invest in non-audible influencers, such as body language and environment.
Ultimately, the preaching of the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit is what changes lives. However, we must not forget that we are called to be representatives of Jesus in word and in deed in everything we do (Colossians 3:17). Don’t do something just because it is what other churches do. Instead, let everything you do echo back to the gospel and the glory of God.