Barry Whitlow asked via Twitter:
Greetings from Nashville! I’m in the process of starting the 1st Online Church Plant that will feature an online church service designed just for the Internet. One of the things that will make Studio unique, is that we would like to feature worship by passionate musicians that are not yet in the mainstream (or may never be). If we could find people who are “passionate and upcoming” – that would be perfect. HOW would you suggest I find (discover) these people? Any ideas?
First off, as I told Barry, I think that’s a really cool idea.
As to where to find musicians for a project like this, I had a few ideas.
First, there’s always Craigslist. It’s not ideal, and you will have to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, but it may help you turn up some musicians who would otherwise be disconnected from the mainstream worship community.
Second, hit up the smaller venues in your area: coffeehouses, bars, etc. Most musicians in such venues will be happy to talk to you, and even if they end up not being interested, they may help spread the word, and you’ve possibly had a chance to share the gospel.
A third recommendation would simply connecting with other worship leaders. Many worship leaders are actively discipling and raising up new leaders all the time, and they may be able to hook you up with someone who’s perfect for just such a project.
Readers, let me put out to you: What did I miss? Where would you send Barry to find musicians for his online church service?