Constantine And Roman Hierarchy

The hierarchical leadership structure first emerged in ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Persia. It was later carried over into the Greek and Roman culture where it was perfected. Historian D. C. Trueman writes, The Persians made two outstanding contributions to the ancient world The organization of their empire and their religion. Both of these contributions have had considerable influence on our western world. The system of imperial administration was inherited by Alexander the Great, adopted by...

The Origins Of The Choir

This all began to change with the rise of the clergy and the advent of the Christian choir, which dates back to the fourth century. Shortly after the Edict of Milan AD 313 , the persecution of Christians ceased. During Constantine's reign, choirs were developed and trained to help celebrate the Eucharist. The practice was borrowed from Roman custom, which began its imperial ceremonies with processional music. Special schools were established, and choir singers were given the status of a...

Where Did The Protestant Order Of Worship Come From

Pastors who routinely tell their congregations that we do everything by the Book and still perform this ironclad liturgy are simply not correct. In their defense, the lack of truthfulness is due to ignorance rather than overt deception. You can scour your Bible from beginning to end, and you will never find anything that remotely resembles our order of worship. This is because the first-century Christians knew no such thing. In fact, the Protestant order of worship has about as much biblical...

The Origin Of The Worship Team

In many contemporary churches, whether charismatic or noncharis-matic, the choir has been replaced by the worship team. Such churches have sanctuaries that boast few religious symbols except possibly banners . At the front of the stage is a simple podium, some plants, amplifiers, speakers, and lots of wires. The dress is usually casual. Folding chairs or theater seats typically are used in place of pews. The standard worship team includes an amplified guitar, drums, keyboard, possibly a bass...