• Peter March 15, 2011 Reply

    This is why you should probably always keep brochures around for the other quieter churches in town.

  • Steve Miller March 15, 2011 Reply


  • Kim March 15, 2011 Reply

    Is that for real??…… Really??….Wow…..I’m sure glad I’m not the Worship Director at that church!

  • Steven March 16, 2011 Reply

    Turn it up!

  • Brian L. March 16, 2011 Reply

    The real issue comes out near the end: it’s not the volume, but the style. The worship wars continue, just thinly disguised as concern for the hearing impaired.

  • John R. March 17, 2011 Reply

    ….but contains much truth.

    Worship Leaders do not care that the loud volume bothers some. They don’t care. They are told to disregard the complaints. They simply don’t care. As long as the 30-somethings enjoy it, that is all that matters to them. There is not even a compromise.

    Just wait! Just wait…In my church the music is so loud I can hardly hear my own self sing. We don’t allow it that loud in our cars…or in our teen’s room…or in our house or office, but loud it is at church under the cloak of…”praise”.

  • Chad W March 21, 2011 Reply

    We have the opposite issue. Our sound man plays the music too quietly. Most of us are singing at a whisper so we can hear the music.

  • Jeff March 21, 2011 Reply

    Just wait, sometime in your 50s, you’ll be turning the TV up louder, using the closed captions, and overusing the word Huh? in every conversation. Then……..Tinnitusssssssssssss sssssstrikessssssssss. It’s 24/7. Hey, good luck with that over 90db stuff.

  • Vicki March 21, 2011 Reply

    I don’t find this funny – I think it’s sad. Sad that neither “side” of this issue is willing to collaborate and come to some kind of respectful compromise. As a former worship leader (and yes, I had these discussions with many people over the years) who now has the opportunity to experience the “other side” of this issue, I admit that I have a little different perspective now that I am personally dealing with the volume issue. For instance, yesterday I enjoyed the “worship” music from about 8 rows back until I had to go forward to pray for people at the altar. I seriously could not even hear my own voice. I was literally yelling my prayer. Some Sundays the volume is reasonable, others not so much.

    I had a conversation a few weeks ago with a couple who have been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years. (The are in their mid-60s) They are retired and members of a congregation led by a younger pastor and they report that their ears actually HURT on Sunday morning. They have taken to staying in the foyer until the “worship” is over. They want to support their pastor. They do love their senior and worship pastor, but it’s a matter of physical comfort – not a style issue at all. I’ve attended my church my whole life. My 91 year old dad still attends. Why should he have to find a quieter church? I don’t know what the answer is, but I think there has to be one where we “honor others above ourselves”.

  • Bill March 21, 2011 Reply

    Lord please tell me she left that church! For the good of humanity!

  • Lori March 22, 2011 Reply

    Ok, so I agree with some posters that DB levels should be checked so that it is not ear piercing. I also agree that this caller is really complaining about the music style and not the volume. Two practical things to say. First, many sound boards have level lights go red when the volume is at the right level. Red does not always equal too loud.

    Secondly, our electric guitar player is also losing a significant part of his hearing after 40 years of standing in front of Marshall stacks. He wears a surgically implanted hearing aid. He told us that what gives him a headache is not the volume. It is that when you lose your hearing, you lose the high end and the brain compensates by amplifying the low end. I would guess that this woman may have a similar problem. The worship leader should have a conversation with her to see if this could be the case and help her in testing the sound and helping her find a place to sit in the sanctuary that is not a bass trap. Beyond that I don’t know what would help her.

    God bless,

  • Gary H March 24, 2011 Reply

    I think they are turning it up because they can’t hear! But giving one week on a phone message is an ultimatum that is unreasonable. At least drop the impossible ultimatum in person because Jesus never taught if your brother offends you leave a voice mail…

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  • Lee May 3, 2013 Reply

    There is a balance. I am not trying to be an arm chair Quarterback as we don’t have the whole story here. However, generally speaking, church leadership should monitor the sound levels and not give in to one or two complaints. The db should never be ear piercing to where your eyes flinch when you hear the crash cymbals, as an example (regardless of your age). Missional churches are trying to reach the next gen and that requires modern music which is somewhat loud.

    Looking forward to the rest of the story.

  • DD May 3, 2013 Reply

    Making the issues about volume or style misses the whole point. As followers of Christ, we’ve become so consumer oriented. I’m 61 and decided to join a church I would not choose in order to have impact on the lives of young families I was built by God to have. I’m thrilled loud contemporary worship music attracts young couples. A consumer asks, “What in it for me? Bend to my preference.” A Christ-follower should be asking, “How does God want engage my heart in helping others grow closer to Christ?”

  • Bruce Heal May 3, 2013 Reply

    There is a condition called hyperaccusis (sp?) that can make loud noises very painful. This is a condition that about 1% of the population have and may be why some complain bout sound be too loud. This has nothing to do with worship styles bu with volume for music and particularly percusion.

  • Chuck May 3, 2013 Reply

    She may have a legitimate gripe and the church may have a legitimate gripe against her and her ilk.

    The good news about this bad news is that there are churches who enjoy harmony on this issue far and wide.

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