Keys to Worship Planning: Reframing Secular Songs

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“In addition to singing songs during the service, you can incorporate music into your service in another way

I have a theory that if you take a secular song and reframe it around a theological idea, that idea will lodge in people’s minds on an even deeper level.

Recently, I taught on the Ephesians passage about husbands respecting their wives. As people left the service, we played Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” Many men have told me that when they hear that song now, it reminds them of the biblical imperative to love their wives as Christ loved the church

As Paul knew and demonstrated in his day, taking the things of culture and reframing them around biblical principles goes a long way.” 

              – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley

The above quote is from p. 116 of Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 80 church growth resources and 15+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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