I want everyone involved in this discussion no matter what level you are involved in worship at your church. What’s your vision for worship in church? How do we push worship to the next level?
We can often fall into a rut and keep doing the same thing week in and week out. Is this ok? Personally I’m always asking myself “where do we go from here?”. How do we take this up a notch? What is the way forward for our church related to praise and worship? How can we create a more authentic and engaging worship environment for our congregation?
I’d also love to hear from people not involved in leading worship. How can us worship leaders serve you better?
The following is a bit of brain dump to provoke discussion, but what does taking it to the next level mean to you?
- …copying the style of the next biggest church to yours?
- …putting together a band?
- …learning how to play an instrument?
- …going to vocal lessons?
- …keeping eyes open?
- …keeping eyes closed?
- …writing our own worship songs?
- …introduce some new songs?
- …teaching more about what worship is? Does your congregation know HOW to worship?
- …selecting more accessible/singable songs?
- …find a mentor?
- …sing more sophisticated songs because our band is super talented and everyone will be impressed?
- …incorporating the latest hits from the radio?
- …ditching the music stands?
- …buy a new instrument?
- …read/study the bible more?
- …upgrading lights, speakers, and camera equipment? (see IMAG post)
- …reducing the number of songs we play?
- …grow and rotate more worship leaders?
- …keeping it just like the CD?
- …projecting lyrics on screen?
- …striving for excellence?
- …use moving video backgrounds?
- …listening to the CD at least once before we play it?
- …being real with the congregation?
- …use song loops to fill out band sound?
- …practice song transitions (talkie bits)?
- …start blogging/twittering?
- …bond more with the band?
- …play louder?
- …hire some talent?
- …go to more conferences?
- …grow some talent?
- …use video transitions?
- …meet with the team regularly to pray/study/worship?
- …read more books?
- …dress better on stage?
Another thing to consider is, does it matter what type of church you go to? For example seeker sensitive church vs. non-seeker sensitive church. In a seeker sensitive environment, does our approach to taking worship to the next level differ? Do we hold back from singing more intimate worship songs?
I’ve grown up in church all my life, and I’ll admit I find it hard to imagine what people think when they walk into a church for the first time. What does a first-time church goer think about worship songs?
Is the Holy Spirit able to move as freely in a tightly planned/scheduled environment as in loosely planned environment?