Part 6 The Ministry of Worship
SECTION OUTLINE Planning for Worship Themes in Worship Outlines for Worship Creativity in Worship Balance in Worship Songs in Worship Change in Worship
Design a worship experience that lasts for 30 minutes - without singing.
REFLECTION • What elements did you use? • How did the exercise challenge your thinking about corporate worship? • Do you think a worship experience could work without singing?
Planning for Worship Five Guiding Principles 1. Determine the Focal Point
Planning for Worship Five Guiding Principles 2. Select Relevant Resource • Select content • Songs • Readings • Etc.
Planning for Worship Five Guiding Principles 3. Design a Sequence of Events • Flesh out outline • Order the outline • Schedule elements • Unfolding drama
Planning for Worship Five Guiding Principles 4. Check the Content and Flow • Suitability • Movement • Quantity • New vs Old • Sequence • Emotional Shifts
Planning for Worship Five Guiding Principles 5. Evaluate for Participation Ask with each item: How can people be most involved?
Themes in Worship Sources: 1. Felt Need 2. Special Events 3. Church Experiences 4. Sermon Topic 5. God’s Heart
Themes in Worship Guidelines: 1. Ask God to reveal it to you 2. Introduce it naturally 3. Link your content to it 4. Don’t overplay it
Outlines for Worship Developing a Pattern Isaiah 6 Praise Confession Pardon Commission Von Ogden Vogt Presentation Penitence Exaltation Illumination Dedication
Outlines for Worship Developing a Pattern Vineyard Invitation Engagement Exaltation Adoration Intimacy Seidenspinner Adoration Communion Dedication
Outlines for Worship Developing the Outline • It’s like preparing to preach: • * Select a theme/text • * Analyse the theme/text • - What is the message? • - What is the natural outline? • - What is the flow of thought?
Outlines for Worship Developing the Outline • Prepare a worship outline on: • A current event • A characteristic of God • A passage of Scripture • A calendar event • A felt need
Planning Worship Five Guiding Principles 1. Determine the Focal Point 2. Select Relevant Resource 3. Design a Sequence of Events 4. Check the Content and Flow 5. Evaluate for Participation
Creativity in Worship • Say NO to: • Gimmicks to coerce something from worshippers. • Pumping life into a dying institution. • Change just for the sake of change - without a purpose.
Creativity in Worship • Say YES to: • Enabling diverse people to experience a sense of God’s presence in the company of other believers and to respond appropriately. • Incorporating variety and freshness regularly
Creativity in Worship • Participatory Responses • Visual Creativity • Singing Creatively • Praying Creatively • Drama and Poetry • Overhead Fill-ins • Multimedia Presentations
Creativity in Worship Adding creativity without losing the congregation How to change your worship services without being asked to change churches How???
Creativity in Worship * Bring meaningful change * Respect your context * Don’t assume objections * Make changes slowly * Educate and inform people * Give reasons for the change
Creativity in Worship * Encourage dialogue * Involve people * Take a survey * Mix the old and the new * Be sensitive to responses * Get affirmation from peers
Setting Goals in Worship • Tangible • Communicable • Achievable • Definitive • Flexible
Balance in Worship Relational Reverential
Balance in Worship Immanence Transcendence
Balance in Worship Anthropocentric Theocentric
Balance in Worship Love Holiness
Balance in Worship Edification Exaltation
Songs in Worship Teaching New Songs: How? * Explain the song * Use visual aids * Teach the band * Learn the melody * Involve the choir * Limit new songs
Songs in Worship Teaching New Songs: When? * Not during intimate worship * During early stages of service * Teach to small groups first * Follow with a well known song
Songs in Worship Teaching New Songs: Then? * Don’t repeat too much * Do it a few times and move on * Come back to it next week * Some take longer to take off * Repeat but don’t kill songs
Songs in Worship Using Medleys: Criteria * Theme * Direction * Rhythm * Key
Songs in Worship Leading Songs * Before Songs * During Songs * Between Songs