What’s Your Question?

5 comments Written on June 15th, 2012     
Filed under: Better Together, Leadership
Today’s post is written by Jo Anne Taylor, Director of Music and Worship at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN.

In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen explore a concept called “disruptive innovation” to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact.

By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators—from leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Group—the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting.

Covenant worship leader Jelani Greenidge focused our attention on the second of these skills this week, and asked the Better Together group to apply it to worship ministry. “What are the questions related to your worship ministry that you’ve really been mulling over?” Jelani asked. “No solutions allowed… this thread is ONLY for questions.”

Here are a few responses. Feel free to add your questions about worship ministry to the comments section below. May God direct our churches toward answers that honor God and enrich our ministry together!  

  • How do we make our worship time meaningful for the regular attendees and accessible for newcomers at the same time?
  • How do we make it clear that worship is an embodied reality and experience and not just about words and emotions?
  • How do we free people from the fear of getting it “wrong” and thus free them to participate openly and freely without being self-conscious?
  • How can our worship experience team push our limits to provide more corporate worship experiences (outside of Sunday) using our *current* resources, while at the same time expressing the need for *more* resources? … You really want to over-extend yourself, because you’re called to ministry, and you have a vision. If you’re good at maximizing your limited resources, but long term you need some help to establish sustainable growth, often the comment you get is “oh, you guys seem like you’re doing so well already, we didn’t know you need more resources for the long haul.” Catch 22.
  • How do we help people of all generations understand what Biblical, historical, relevant worship is when we only have a short amount of time on Sunday mornings?
  • How can we include more people in the planning, creative process? And how can we include non-mainstream voices in that process in powerful ways?
  • Where do you draw the line between using worship music to create a sense of the familiar, safety, comfort – and using it to challenge, to provoke, and to incite?


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5 comments “What’s Your Question?”

How do we illustrate and participate as the FAMILY at worship, not just as adults at worship and kids at worship and teens at worship in our own little bubbles?  When do we do so?

How on earth do you make announcements fit into a worship gathering?

… thanks, JoAnne and Jelani, good stuff this week 🙂

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Chris – can I “like” your questions? 😀

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What’s the best way to help people understand that “worship” is so much more than the music we sing on Sunday morning?

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… how do you inspire a senior pastor to keep their sermon to 25 minutes?


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Where I’m serving, the burning question of the moment as it relates to our near adn far future is: What is an effective way to worship together with non-english speakers?

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