Blending Lutheran Doctrine and Gospel Proclamation
with a contemporary style of music
I play acoustic guitar for a WELS Blended Worship band in Wisconsin. I am a graduate from Northwestern College in Watertown,WI. In the early 1980’s I was co-editor of the CCM column of the WELS youth magazine “Generations”. I listened to 1000’s of CCM songs from the radio, tapes, records and concerts. I analyzed and reviewed many of these songs to recommend or not recommend these CCM songs and artists as an alternative to the secular and sometimes unChristian songs that were being broadcast and sold by the secular media.
Since 2004 I have been playing guitar for a Saturday WELS Blended Worship service. These CCM songs are being used as an alternative to the solid CW hymns for church. Therefore these CCM songs should be held to a higher standard; will they have the same substance and gospel message as the hymns that they replace. I eventually saw a need for more resources for Blended Worship, including good articles on Blended Worship and songlists of good CCM songs with a solid gospel or Biblical message. I spent over 2 years searching for good CCM songs for Blended Worship and good articles on the subject. This is the result of that effort. I hope that it may be some use to the readers of this website.
A special thanks to Steve Brown for his inspiration, encouragement and help in making this Blended Worship website. Steve Brown also contributed many articles and posts to this website. Steve Brown’s website is “Worship Ideas You Can Use”.