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  1. Wes Scott
    Wes Scott February 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm |

    I’m in a church that is in the transitional stage…and has been for a few years. It can be painful to switch to a presentational worship style when the church is known for being relational. Sharing stories about how to get through the transition time without losing the relational part of worship would be great.

    1. Vern Sanders
      Vern Sanders March 1, 2015 at 4:05 pm |

      Wes -

      You’re right, switching to presentational can be difficult. I served one church in which the switch was fought at every level except by the pastoral staff. This particular church was, in hindsight, dysfunctional at many levels, and it became clear to me that it was better for me to leave than to fight a continuous battle.

      On the other hand, I’m now serving in a church that has made good progress toward a presentational transition on the platform, while remaining highly relational everywhere else. In my experience the reason for this success has been almost equally due to the pastoral leadership and the “family history” of the congregation. I encourage you to read articles from Margaret Marcuson for more perspective on the latter.