Last Monday I sent out a text to my worship team. It read as follows: “Hello Worship Team 3. This might excite some of you and bum some of you out, but I sense I am supposed to lead with one guitar and one vocal this Sunday. No band. We will resume the following week. Please come early and sing with vigor as I lead!” One by one, I heard back from my team with texts: “I’m in!”, “Sweet!” “Word” and “Praying for you”.
Our church has loads of musicians and it’s wonderful. We have an overflowing waiting list for every spot on our team! For a sanctuary that holds about 150, we have an amazing sound set up with vintage Rogers drums, Hammond Organ and top of line guitar amps. We pretend we are a much larger church when it comes to a quality live band experience. Most of our worship ministry’s 25+ musicians only play 2 out of 8 weeks. That being said, we often times intentionally dial down the production. Why?
After 18 years of leading worship for the same church (14 of those in the same building), I’ve had the privilege of over time adding some helpful tools to our setup that serve the congregation and band in simple ways. Check out these 5 simple Worship Ministry HACKS that you can do now to help your team and church engage with the Living God.
Starting this week, the worship ministry our my church, Poured Out Like Wine, will be doing pre-production for our next live record at Vineyard Community Church in Marietta GA. For over 15 years we have experienced that even in our small church context, the musicians can gather to make great recordings of original worship songs. We don’t have a record contract or mass demand for our “product”, but we love to make new things together. Our church celebrates with us as we tell their testimony through song. We are a broad mix of young and vintage souls seeking God, co-writing songs together and doing our best to tell the story of God in the midst of our worship journey. I LOVE to see local churches (large and small) create new things, awaking the heart to worship!