A post for Fashion week.

It’s Fashion week in NYC (shout out to Bill Cunningham) – so some thoughts about fashion and worship seem timely.

There is a lot of uneasiness about what we wear on the worship platform – and rightly so.  Worship leaders being overly fashion conscious is so prevalent it has become a cliche…so much so that it can be expected (and in some cases demanded) that whoever is responsible for leading people to Christ through music is also responsible for leading people towards the next fashion trend.

That being said, we’ve started using a color scheme for members of our worship team.   Sometimes it’s based on the liturgical calendar – purple for Advent and Lent, red for Pentecost, white for the big days and green for ordinary time.  Other days we try to match the color scheme with what works with the graphics for the preaching series that we’re in.  Other than suggesting a basic color (ex. wear something light blue or grey), we don’t give any other direction, and want people do dress the way they actually do.  If you wear skinny jeans, wear skinny jeans…if you like to wear a jacket and tie, wear a jacket and tie.  People don’t need to see super hip rock stars worshiping, they do need to see real people worshiping.  Someone they can identify with because they are being real.  I also think that the color scheme should be, for the most part, neutral colors – greys and blues – if we’re asking everyone on stage to wear bright orange, there better be a good reason for it!

My belief is that by loosely coordinating, we can actually make it less about fashion that it was before.  The reason orchestra members wear tuxedos isn’t just because it makes them seem all fancy-pants (literally!), it’s because what they’re doing is making music – and by wearing all black and white, they can minimize any visual distractions that take away the focus of the listener.  Individuals no longer draw as much attention to themselves.  A worship team isn’t just making music – they’re also worshiping and inviting others to worship.  But I think the principal is still the same. Wearing the same color hopefully helps to at least alleviate individual visual distractions, and creates a nice subtle effect that doesn’t ask for attention.

For a good example of color schemes in worship, check out Elevation Worship (blues and greys).



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