At every interview we do here, I ask about the subject’s worship planning process. I do this for two reasons. First, I think we can all learn a great deal from each other when it comes to putting together great services that honor God. Second, it forces some people to stop and really think about their process.
I know I can easily get into a mode where I can plan a worship service in my sleep. I can go through the motions and quickly choose the songs that will net the most emotional response. And honestly, I could do that for a while before people would notice.
But they would eventually realize that something was off. That something was missing.
Shalon Palmer talks about that something in his post The “Secret Weapon” To Service Planning:
My thought is this; relevance isn’t just copying what the world is doing, but doing what the world wishes they could do! Relevance is staying one, two, and even three steps ahead of the world! If you’re currently asking, “how in the world are we supposed to do that,” then you’re exactly right. There is no way in the world to do that. The secret to mind blowing, out of this world creativity is the Holy Spirit. He’s a game changer.
If your worship planning process doesn’t include seeking the Holy Spirit, you’re not going to last long. You can fake it for a while, but not forever.
Click here to read the rest of Shalon’s post. Good stuff.