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Tony Campolo: "God is the audience."

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"With Kierkegaard I contend that in the worship service,

leaders (song leader, worship leader, pastor, choir, organist et cetera) are the prompters,

the congregation are the performers,

and God is the audience.


In most church services, unfortunately,

God is relegated to prompter,

the service leader functions as performers,

and the congregation is the audience."


Tony Campolo, "Adventures in Missing the Point" Zondervan, 2003, p215.