Cultivating The God Factor In Your Worship Services

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Every church, whether traditional, formal, contemporary, or

free-flowing, should meet for one reason: to worship God. After all,

it is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever

according 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Psalm 73:25-26. Yet, I have noticed

that in many different churches in America and around the world, there

is a lack of power that God intended for them to have.

How can we get more of the presence of God in our churches?

I believe if we diligently use the three specific values below as the

grid by which we evaluate our own church's services, we can increase

the capacity of our congregation to experience the presence of God

each time we meet.

1. Orient the Worship Toward God and His Satisfaction.

People-pleasing has never worked in the Kingdom of God. Neither has

ignoring the needs of people. The tension between these two has

existed since the church began; that is because both have value.

The "Us-Four-and-No-More church" ignores the needs of the people out

of their desire to please God. As noble as this desire sounds, this

type of church does not grow and becomes less earthly good.

The "Gotta-Get-Em-In-Here church" tends to pour resources toward the

latest, greatest, and best to lure people to its sanctuary. The "wow

factor" can be very effective and churches may grow in number quickly.

Yet, if not careful, they can find themselves lacking in encountering

God's presence and moving people forward in true discipleship.

Today's church must marry these two streams of focus. A healthy

balance can be struck as we focus on God and only do what we see Him

doing (John 5:19), while keeping an eye toward being relevant and

attractive to the culture. Jesus' teachings were always relevant to

the crowd. Most parts of the service should be planned to please God,

while other parts should be oriented toward unbelievers. Paul

prescribed an order that speaks to balancing church services to

accommodate both members and newcomers.

2. Ensure Your Worship Flows Out of Prayer and Devotion.

Pastors should provide multiple opportunities for people to pray and

grow in their devotion to God. As leaders, we cannot assume that

everyone is growing in spiritual maturity. We have the mandate to turn

hearts toward God in prayer and worship. We should evaluate how much

time is spent on Him in a unique way by the majority of our


With the pressures of careers, family, and ministry, people need

worship places and times that can work with all they juggle. Providing

times of prayer for them during their lunch hour, early morning prayer

before they go to work, or all-night-prayer-watches, can provide times

of concentrated focus. If devotion to God is fostered among the

people, they will quickly set their sights on things above.

God responds to hearts that are longing for Him, both in

individual and corporate worship settings.

3. Create an Environment That Has an Absence of Conflict.

Unity begins at the head and flows down (Psalm133). It brings

blessings from God and everlasting life. As a pastor, I need to spend

time with leaders and give them time to bring issues to the table in a

safe environment. As we experience God's answers together, the

anointing that flows from God to me will continue to move across the

leadership team. As we seek God's heart and command His blessings on

our work, they will receive an enduring deposit of His vision for our


When groups of people come together, there will be opposing opinions.

Therefore, instruct your congregation to take anyone aside who they

are having struggles with. In this manner, the body can be one when

ministering. Being on one accord means each person must die to self,

providing a foundation for the sacrifice of praise.

We can labor in our services with all our energy, yet not see the

results we so desire. I believe God's evident presence will increase

exponentially as we work to put these guidelines in place.

As we look up, "pray up" and "hook up," I know the God factor will

intensify in our services.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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