Designing Worship Teams by Cathy Townley

By Cathy Townley

"Plug & Chug" is the best way church buildings have deliberate worship for years. you begin with an identical order of worship for each carrier, plug diversified hymns and readings into their respective slots, and chug correct alongside. It makes the activity of worship planner, often performed through the senior pastor, appear a lot more uncomplicated. In a church within which the senior pastor or employees member does every thing, worship should be cranked out lest it reason burnout. the matter with "plug & chug" is that it ends up in "bore & snore." Worship turns into regimen, and the come across with a holy and transcendent God, domesticated. If worship is to develop into transformative, an supplying of every thing we're and feature to God, then the "by-the-numbers" method of worship layout needs to locate its position within the dustbin of undesirable rules. tips on how to in attaining dynamic, genuine worship is to take its making plans out of the fingers of remoted members or functionary committees, and find it with teams of people that are confident that worship is a life-or-death subject. during this groundbreaking paintings, Cathy Townley demonstrates how worship teams-- created from different teams of clergy and laity, long-time Christians and new believers, middle and fringe members--are reworking the perform of Christian worship all through North the United States. She indicates the reader how worship groups come jointly round a middle ardour for the come upon with the Holy, how they channel the chaos of a number of understandings of God right into a universal event of worship, and the way the worship that comes out of such groups is speedily turning into the first method to achieve the pre-Christian inhabitants of North the USA. even more than a how-to method, this quantity bargains worship leaders and groups assistance to rework the adventure of worship right into a life-changing time spent within the presence of God.

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Characterization can also be a helpful technique for worship leaders and teams; understanding what a certain “type” of person would bring to the team helps to grow the team, should God be calling such a person to the work of worship design. When gathering the worship planning team, it’s most important to begin with prayer, asking God to reveal whom he’s preparing for the harvest. Ask God to reveal leaders, and then listen and watch. The positive or negative responses from those you’ve targeted to the ideas God has given you will provide insight into what God is already up to.

Sometimes it means that there is an opportunity for those who see things differently to grow and deepen their understanding of God by allowing God to change both sides. But I see the greatest gift to be when two sides share their bedrock beliefs about God, and though they may not change their views, they still see God in each other, and walk side by side in community. This is true diversity. Character Development: Motivating Beliefs It’s risky to clearly state your beliefs, because of what might happen.

You can’t say unequivocally that without this or that specific gift or type of person represented, your team can’t function. The only exception to that is a leader who encourages other leaders. Discerning the way God helps you design your team is part of the mystery and excitement of it. Teaming is about the ability to draw out the variety of gifts of the people who are a part of your team. ” When the organization of your team is based upon whom God is calling to be a part of it, as opposed to a preconceived format, it’s a whole different ball game.

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