Hello? Is anyone there?

Post a Comment » Written on June 17th, 2011     
Filed under: Better Together, Leadership, Liturgy, Music
Today’s post is written by Jo Anne Taylor, Director of Music and Worship at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN.

The “Better Together” worship community continues to wrestle with a number of discussion topics as Pentecost moves toward Trinity Sunday/Father’s Day.  Even if you are not part of the discussion on Facebook, you can contribute your thoughts right here on this blog. We invite you to participate fully in the robust tradition of heartfelt worship that finds its expression throughout the Covenant, and to share your ideas, your concerns, and your questions here.  We would love to include you in the conversation!

Here are few topics we have pondered together this week:

What resources do you use for: New music?  Website development?  Out of print music?  Worship team training materials?

True Confessions: When have you “brute-forced” a song into a worship set, just because you liked it? (And what is it, exactly, that you do or do not like about GoogleDocs and Dropbox sharing?)

Help! What process do you use to recruit, train, and incorporate new worship team members?  And how do you tell someone s/he just doesn’t fit the team?

What songs have recently received a good response from your congregation?

How do you deal with burn out?  Do worship leaders ever take a Sunday off?

As we share our concerns, our questions, and our joys, we find that we truly are “better together” when we seek to worship God in spirit and in truth.  We do want to protect the confidentiality of group members who need to raise sensitive issues, but we also want to include you in the conversation – so leave a reply below, and let us know what you think about worship in the Covenant.  We’ll respond, we promise.  Who knows?  Maybe your comment will be just the spark someone needs to rekindle passion for worship that glorifies God, worship that brings the church into God’s presence this Sunday.  Hello?  Is anyone there?

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