“I’m glad it’s popular. Now how do we keep it real,” he said.

 

The answer: “You teach it,” he said. “How do you worship on guitar? How do you worship in spirit with a guitar or with your voice? It’s not just karaoke, singing along to the words.”

 

When it comes to church worship services, competition is a nasty critter that can turn praise into performance, Boschman said. Worship leaders want to do their best, but too often pride creeps into the equation.

 

“Staying up with the coolest songs and having the latest speakers come in often gets us off the real deal of worship,” he said. “It’s time to step back and look at why we do what we do.”

 

That first step needs to come from the pulpit, Boschman said, explaining that the head pastor needs to have a revelation.

 

“People don’t know there’s anything more. People don’t know where to go,” he said.

 

Boschman goes slowly and keeps things positive when teaching church leaders about worship. He attempts to take them where they want to go.

 

“After 30 years of teaching, I can sense the road blocks and some of the (church) culture,” he said.

 

Maybe a church seems too stuffy or legalistic, or maybe too wild and experimental, he said.

 

“One is a pear and one is an apple, but they’re both fruit,’’ he said of the differing worship styles he runs into. “But of the two I would at least choose people who are open to change. What’s dangerous is when they’re not open to change. That pride and self-centeredness ... those groups like that are sad. They’re slowly dieing and don’t realize it.”

 

Boschman is careful not to come off sounding like there is only one way to worship.

 

“Whether your hands are up or not doesn’t matter. What matters is whether your heart and spirit are connecting with God,” he said.

 

Boschman also emphasizes that he does not teach based on his opinions, but on what the Bible says about worshiping God.

 

“I’m using what Jesus and Paul said about worship, so it’s not just me talking,” he said. “Those things are spiritual realities.”