Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.
As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂
Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.
I remember when the multisite conversation started at Seacoast Church around the year 2000. Basically – we were out of room, the city would not let us build and we had to do something. I can honestly say I had no idea that 15 years later, our step of desperation would turn into a movement. I am now surprised when I discover a large church that is not multisite. There are over 8000 multisite churches in the United States alone.
Although more than one site has become the normal, I still see a lot of the same issues that come with this model. Here are 3 of the most common issues I see, and what you can do to help manage them…
Our temptation is probably to view the songbook of the Bible as supplemental material to the more weighty portions of Scripture. It is obvious in the way that people talk about the psalms and in the way in which they are used. We resonate with the psalms because they encourage us and make us feel a sense of nearness to God. But I think Psalm 1 offers another perspective too, one in which the psalms have a deeper, richer significance in the lives of believers.
Two terms are used in Genesis 2:15 to describe the job God gave to Adam: “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.” In the Old Testament, the words “work” and “watch over” are most frequently used in discussions of human service to God, rather than describing a farmer’s job. Surprisingly, these words are often connected to worship, or even the actions of priests serving in the tabernacle of God.
If Adam had a business card, it would have read “Gardener.” Nothing exciting there. And yet the words God used to describe his job are anything but ordinary. Perhaps, at least in God’s mind, there isn’t such a wide divide between those things as there is to us.
Racial tension and conflict has flooded the news lately. Rather than point fingers and cast blame, I submit THE answer is quite simple. Not easy or quick, but transformational.
Racial (I prefer using the word ethnic) tensions exist in large part because we don’t listen to one another. It’s hard to understand someone who is different without knowing them. How many ethnically and culturally different people do we really know?
You may be like me in this, you may be able to walk into a church or a musical performance and discern within 5 seconds whether or not that band on stage loves one another or, are simply “playing a gig together.” In fact, I would be willing to go so far as to say that is the reason folks will pay hundreds of dollars to see their favorite band play music together. It’s not the chord structures or talent, it is the camaraderie and the history those individuals have together that people pay big bucks to witness! As worship leaders we are called to create an environment of willingness above obligation. Musicians won’t feel like they “have to” play this Sunday if there is a sense of family being nurtured in your worship ministry, they will feel anticipation for the next time they get to play together!