#TheExperienceReport: What Nigerian acts can learn from the foreign acts

When veteran worshippers, Don Moen, Donnie McClurkin, Cece Winans came up to lead worship yesterday, they understood a crucial need: we were here to worship, together. We wanted to sing, we wanted to dance, we wanted to be part of a collective spiritual experience.

It wasn’t really a concert – the way that Tim Godfrey’s excellent Fearless event is a concert – it was a worship experience.

So they sang the songs that we know, that we have come to love, that would facilitate our connection with the worship. Winans sang King of Kings, Alabaster Box… the entire hit list. Don Moen did God Will Make A Way, Give Thanks, I Just Want To Be Where You Are, God is Good All the Time. Micah Stampley and McClurkin took it a step further and performed favorite Nigerian worship songs – especially from Nathaniel Bassey, which was a gift since he was sadly away.

Unfortunately, the Nigerian acts treated it sometimes as a showcase for new songs or for dexterity, either singing songs people couldn’t connect with, or bending their songs for effect.

The only effect sadly was that it left the audience largely unable to connect.

The lesson is simple really: This is not the venue to popularize new songs. This is an annual festival. It is the place to share already popular songs. Hits never go old in a spiritual context like this one. They are in fact the reason for the coming together.

The reason is corporate worship, not individual talent. Let us reason together.

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