Green Pond Bible Chapel - Worship Team Ministry Overview


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Mike Ruel - 10/2/09

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Green Pond Bible Chapel - Worship Team Ministry Overview

  1. 1. Green Pond Bible Chapel Worship Ministry Overview Mike Ruel October 2009
  2. 2. … on the quest for “good” worship <ul><li>“ We cannot find excellent corporate worship until you stop trying to find excellent corporate worship and pursue God himself. </li></ul><ul><li>… If you want to deepen the worship of the people of God, above all deepen their grasp of his ineffable majesty in his person and in all his works” – D.A. Carson </li></ul>
  3. 3. other thoughts to start with… <ul><li>When we meet for corporate worship, we must consciously begin with the question: How must we conduct our lives and shape the meeting (“service”) so as to glorify God? Because: </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate worship that is informed and shaped by the Scriptures’ vision of God will cast off idolatries and foster worship in the truth and Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>A stunning vision of God will promote holy living </li></ul><ul><li>Such a vertical focus will enhance horizontal (ie. among the body) unity </li></ul><ul><li>A massive vision of God and worship will keep our hearts from wandering </li></ul><ul><li>… the proper approach to worship must but God-focused and then human sensitive. Only when the question of God’s glory and pleasure is addressed can the second question, regarding humanity, be pressed. </li></ul>“ Worship by the Book”, Carson, pg 150-151
  4. 4. More personally… A Living Sacrifice = Worship <ul><li>  1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship . 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [Rom 12:1-2] </li></ul>
  5. 5. Teams <ul><li>Teams Involved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worship Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PPT Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choir </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Music </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Suggested Process Revisions <ul><li>Initiate Weekly Rehearsals </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate Revised Service Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Revise “day-of” Sunday schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate Post-Service Review Touch Points </li></ul>
  9. 9. Initiate Weekly Rehearsals <ul><li>Initiate weekly (weeknight) worship team rehearsals to specifically review Sunday AM sets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal : review ONLY the coming Sunday’s set </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This would eliminate the monthly rehearsals </li></ul><ul><li>Sundays are not “rehearsals” they are “sound checks” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Online Poll Results <ul><li>17 total votes </li></ul><ul><li>7 for Thurs 6:30-7:30 </li></ul><ul><li>4 for Wed 6:00-7:00 </li></ul><ul><li>Upshot – we’ll try for Thursdays but will be flexible and may do a Wed here or there </li></ul>
  11. 11. Initiate Weekly Rehearsals Draft Agenda Time Item 7:00-7:15pm Prayer & Brief Time in Word Lead by Mike Ruel 7:15-7:20pm Set overview by WL 7:20-7:55pm Rehearse set 7:55-8:00pm Close in Prayer
  13. 13. Initiate Revised Service Creation *EOD = End of Day Weekly Due Date Task By EOD* Sunday before Service <ul><li>WL e-mail set to Mike Ruel </li></ul><ul><li>Special music e-mail song title/artist and lyrics to Mike Ruel </li></ul>By EOD Monday before Service <ul><li>Mike to send any comments/questions to WL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus: theological content and flow </li></ul></ul>By EOD Tuesday before Service (*Also serves as reminder for rehearsal) <ul><li>Mike to input into Planning Center and send e-mail to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gerrie (PPT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduled Vocalists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduled Instrumentalists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pastors </li></ul></ul>By EOD Wed/Thursday for rehearsal <ul><li>PPT Team loads slides into Sanctuary PC </li></ul><ul><li>PPT sends song slides to WL +Mike Ruel </li></ul><ul><li>PPT Team loads Special Music lyrics </li></ul>By EOD Wed/Thursday before rehearsal Mike to receive any input from Pastors on service By EOD Friday Mike to revise and resend any changes
  14. 14. e-Mail Sample / Confirmation
  15. 15. Sample Master Service Order
  16. 16. on Music and Selection… <ul><li>“ Music has validity in Christian worship only as it participates in, and contributes to, as service of the Word from beginning to end…Music serves preaching” – R. Kent Hughes </li></ul><ul><li>“ The selection of appropriate worship music is not merely a matter of choice between traditional and contemporary Christian music. The decision must be made on principle. Whatever the genre of music it must meet three criteria: text, tune, and fit.” </li></ul>
  17. 17. On preferences… <ul><li>“ When the Bible calls us to sing God’s praises, we are not given the tunes or the rhythm. We are not told how repetitive the lyrics should be…so to give any concrete form to our gathered worship we must ‘fill in the blanks’ that the Bible leaves open. When we do so, we will have to draw on tradition; on the needs, capacities, and cultural sensibilities of our people; and on our own personal preferences. Though we cannot avoid drawing on our own preferences, this should never be the driving force.” – Timothy J. Keller </li></ul>
  19. 19. Post-Service Review <ul><li>Goal is to review with all involved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What went well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What didn’t go so well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What we can do to increase chances of it going well next time! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10 minutes max </li></ul><ul><li>Lead by Mike Ruel and will take notes </li></ul><ul><li>Location: by Sound Board/PPT </li></ul>
  20. 20. … on expectations <ul><li>We cannot suit every taste present in our congregations in everything we do, nor should we: it could be a bad sign if someone leaving at the end of a church service remarked, ‘Every aspect of that service was exactly how I wanted it to be.’. Every church service ought to be a mixture of tastes, challenging all of us to make greater allowances for the tastes and preferences of others present. It ought to widen our ‘comfort zones’ without getting to the point where we find the mixture too threatening.” – Mark Ashton </li></ul>
  22. 22. Revised Sunday Timeline Time Task Who 8:20-8:30am Set up, line checks Sound tech, MR, WL, Band, PPT 8:30-8:35am Prayer Sound tech, MR, WL, Band, Vocalists, PPT, Pastors? 8:35-9:00am Worship sound check, slide review, last minute run-thrus Sound techs, MR, WL, Band, Vocalists, PPT 9:00-9:10am Special Music sound check, run thru Sound tech, MR, WL, Special Music, band as needed 9:10-9:20am Choir Run thru (2x/mo) Choir director, Sound tech, MR 9:10-9:25am Quick break! Sound techs, WL, Band, Vocalists, PPT 9:25-9:30am Piano prelude Pianist 9:25am Back to sanctuary Sound techs, MR, WL, Band, Vocalists, PPT 9:30am Service 1 Begins
  23. 23. Revised Sunday Timeline *Service 2 band is only piano, acoustic gtr, and bass gtr Time Task Who 10:35-10:45am Post-Service Review Meeting Sound techs, MR, WL, Band, Vocalists, PPT 10:45-10:55am Quick break Sound techs, MR, WL, Band*, Vocalists, PPT 10:50-11:00 Piano Prelude Pianist 10:55am Back to sanctuary Sound techs, MR, WL, Band*, Vocalists, PPT 11:00-12:00pm Service 2
  24. 24. … on what’s really important <ul><li>“ We will want to be sure that our services pronounce clearly on the foundational truths of Christianity: the deity of Christ, salvation by grace alone, the centrality of the cross, the authority of the Bible, and so forth…so long as the center is clear, the edges can be fuzzy.” – Mark Ashton </li></ul>
  25. 25. Open Questions to Resolve After Kick-off: Worship Leader Schedule <ul><li>Getting a central repository of sheet music, master song list </li></ul><ul><li>Getting worship website – songs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Other ideas? Please let me have ‘em! </li></ul>