Hello church family! It’s been a while since I’ve given an update on what’s going on around here. So, here’s a snapshot of some of the things happening in and around Worship and Tech.
The music aspect of our ministry is something you all see, and hopefully participate in, each week. We have basic goals outlined for the ministry that I evaluate and modify as needed. It’s more of a living document than a hard policy. I may have shared this before, but just as a reminder, the following is the mission for the team:
To inspire, instruct, and ignite worshipers for the glory of God!
Inspire – through quality and the constant pursuit of excellence help influence those we serve to offer their best to the Lord (Psalm 37:4-6, 1 Corinthians 10:31)
Instruct – help teach and internalize God’s truths through the songs we sing and messages we present (Colossians 3:16, Proverbs 7:1-4, Psalm 119)
Ignite – be a catalyst which helps spark people’s desire to grow and deepen their relationship with Christ (Psalm 119, Psalm 51:16-17, Psalm 73: 21-28, Philippians 2:12-14, Matthew 22: 36-40)
The starting point for all the service planning, song choices, etc. is the desire for our congregation to have authentic worship experiences. Our times of worship will have the number one priority of praising and worshiping God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Given that Jesus, his work on and through the cross, and the Gospel are paramount to the Church, our worship will always seek to raise and proclaim Jesus. The question posed by Bob Kauflin in his book “Worship Matters” will continually be considered, “…will our time together cause people’s view of, trust in, and desire for God’s glory in Christ and him crucified to increase?”
Always room for growth
I believe things are going well with the worship team. That being said, I always seem to be challenged to fill the needed positions without overloading our team members. There are a few people that serve almost, if not every week. This is due to the fact that there are no other people to serve alongside them. I truly appreciate their heart to serve however I know that long term, serving so often can lead to burnout. I hope to prevent that and help serve them as well by not requiring as much time “on” from them. Off the top of my head, a few of these people are Edie (organ), Nancy (keyboard – 2nd service), Dale (soundboard – 1st service) and Jeff (soundboard – 2nd service). Even though we have two people who serve in the role, due to work schedules I’m frequently scrambling for a bass player in 2nd service as well. It is my prayer that God raises those in our congregation or brings people to our congregation that have a heart, desire, and are equipped to help serve in these roles. That’s not to say that all positions require experience. Sometimes, a willingness to serve, aptitude, and a desire to learn is all that necessary to start.
Technology? Follow me
From a Tech standpoint, our Facebook and Instagram are doing well. We get to communicate and connect with the congregation on a regular basis. However, Facebook has made internal changes that have made it much harder to be “seen” even by our own followers (those who have “liked” and “followed” our Facebook page). As always, the more likes and shares our posts get by all of you, the better future posts will perform due to Facebook’s algorithms.
Alongside the social media outlets, our new church app is our greatest and most convenient communication tool. Now that our newsletter is web-based we can put out detailed information frequently and all of you can have access to it immediately. I’d appreciate any feedback any of you have concerning the app. The new framework is more flexible so we can tailor things to best suit our needs.
Also, we are aware that many of you have experienced WIFI dropping out, especially in or near the sanctuary. A new WIFI access point will soon be installed that is much more capable of handling our needs and supplying a strong, consistent connection.
Thanks for taking time to read some updates and as usual, if you have questions or would like to serve in some way, please contact me!