“It boils down to two concepts diametrically opposed to each other. One is the concept of Christ, a blood-bought salvation, living in eternal relationship with a loving, caring God. That concept is in opposition to another called merchandising.”
(Barry Bowen – Trinity Foundation) Church music has become big business.
Ultimate Guitar reports that almost $600 million is spent annually on audio equipment and instruments for performing church music.”
Churches have become one of the most common venues for hearing live music.
In six years, Bethel Music, the music ministry of Bill Johnson’s megachurch Bethel Redding, generated $80 million in revenue.
Bethel Music is one of the four most popular church music ministries in America, according to a recent academic study being published at Worship Leader Research.
The researchers identified 38 of the most popular church worship songs from 2010 to 2020. Almost all the songs were written by or performed by Bethel, Elevation Church (pastored by Steven Furtick), Hillsong (founded by Australian pastor Brian Houston) and Passion City Church (pastored by Louie Giglio).
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