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    An MMI Investigation:  Is Your Praise Band Lip Syncing?

    Please report any other examples or abuse to me at MMI.  We’ll include your church in our on-going investigation.

    After receiving complaints from a number of church attenders all across the country, MMI is investigating claims that some of the best worship teams in the country (at some of the nation's largest and most innovative churches) are actually lip syncing their live worship.

    See this as an example:


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    1. Paul J. on Thu, March 26, 2009

      Wow. That’s pretty amazing…

      Not sure about worship teams lipsyncing around here. But if you want to talk about CCM bands doing it, I can name names.

      Paul Joseph

    2. James on Thu, March 26, 2009

      Is it Friday already?  Where has the week gone?   BTW, my worship band doesn’t lip sync!  : - )

    3. bishopdave on Thu, March 26, 2009

      Funny yes. But…what an issue.

      Are members of this church allowed to question the integrity of the worship ministry as well as the overall leadership for allowing lip synching to go on? Why not just play a cd and let everybody strut on stage with a dead mic in their hand?

      When worship is just a performance this is what you get.

    4. Leonard on Thu, March 26, 2009

      Our band never does this but I do it with my preaching.  I get comments like, “you sounded just like John Ortberg today.”  and “You really did a great impersonation of Andy Stanley today.” 

      I hope no one in my church reads this, my secret will out.

    5. adam herod on Thu, March 26, 2009

      Leonard…that was too funny. Thanks for the added laugh today.

      And, I wish I could lip sync some of those Israel songs. Dude sings through the roof. Thankfully I get to take it down a few steps. (for the congregation to be able to sing it of course)

    6. Jonathan K. on Thu, March 26, 2009

      You can’t be serious with this video - ???

    7. CS on Thu, March 26, 2009

      Falling off stage while lip-synching = BIG WIN!


    8. Josh Hatcher on Thu, March 26, 2009

      When I attended Liberty University in the mid to late 90s… the Thomas Road Baptist Church praise team used to lip sync….. (and instrument sync as well)

    9. Rick Williams on Thu, March 26, 2009

      such attempts at deception make me want to hurt somebody. I would much rather hear someone honestly mangle a song - I’ve often been blessed by it - than to see pretense pass for skill.

    10. bishopdave on Thu, March 26, 2009

      Amen, Rick Williams.  Our quest for “excellence” leads to this—having to “fake it for the Lord.” Our infatuation with relevance/hipness seem to me to pull the focus to him and not Him. Good thing he fell. Hope it humbled everyone involved.

    11. Leonard on Thu, March 26, 2009

      The pursuit of excellence never caused anyone to fake it for the Lord.  How crazy it has become that the we blame the pursuit of excellence for stuff. 

      It is a lack of humility that causes the train wrecks.  I want excellence in everything I do.  It is a deeply prideful thing to be poor at something and insist on doing it over those with more ability. 

      Sorry BishopDave, this was not caused by the pursuit of excellence.

    12. Jimmy Smuda on Fri, March 27, 2009

      awesome (er) question

      what pastor lets his worship leader act like a rock star on stage in the first place?

      this is tooo funny…

    13. Russell Mckinney on Fri, March 27, 2009

      Okay, I had a sneaking suspicion this post might be an early edition of Todd’s Friday follies. Now he has owned up to it. But the real problem is, we know that it COULD have been real. The line between worship and entertainment is microscopic, and does anyone doubt that too many of today’s Christian performers spend most of their time on the wrong side of the line?

    14. CS on Fri, March 27, 2009

      Oooh, here’s a good question to ponder.

      What’s worse—a lip syncing worship leader, or the musical crew at a church being hired pagans because, “they play well?”


    15. Peter Hamm on Mon, March 30, 2009


      Why can’t I have BOTH!?!?

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