I’ve never had more excitement around a video series than the one that I will be releasing in the next few days. I want to thank my friend Matt for giving me the idea and inspiration for it.
This 52-part series is designed to give you an entire year’s worth of weekly pre-worship focus times with your team (or with yourself). In those last few moments before you lead worship, take three minutes or so, watch a short video, and allow it to guide you and your team in some thought about God, His church, what He might do in you, through you, and for you as you go into worship ministry. So many people have asked me when these would be coming, and I’m happy to say that the time is now. I’ll post the intro video now, and start posting the videos each week at this site.
If they work for you, I’d love to know ho you’re using them. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. My hope is that these videos will allow you as a leader, director, coordinator, or team member to provide meaningful time with your team as you prepare to lead.
On your side,
TEAM FOCUS INTRO
This video rounds out the Q&A series. The question was asked “How do I get better at playing and talking at the same time?”
As you can see, it’s always a work in progress….
The Bible says that we are to “speak the truth in love” to each other. One of the things that we as the Church are getting better at as a whole is the second half of this idea. We are (thankfully) improving at loving each other. What we’re still needing to improve on, myself included, is in speaking the truth. This is especially CRUCIAL in worship ministry.
Worship ministries are comprised of artists, and typically led by artists. The classic artist mentality is one that does not see black and white, and rarely aligns itself with the lines, rules, and boxes that the rest of the world does. It’s not that we’re unaware of reality, we just see reality a little differently. We tend to see things to extremes. When others are joyful, we see the reason behind the joy and want to capture it in song, word, dance, poetry, paint, or media art. When others are mournful, we feel deeply along with them and want to give others a vehicle for expressing their sorrow with our art.
While we go about the ministry of worship as artists, centering our lives around the truth is our highest calling. As we lead others in expressions of praise, adoration, worship, joy, lament, and contemplation, we need to be firmly grounding ourselves in the Word so that what we lead others in is not simply an emotion, but rather a timeless truth that seats Jesus on the throne of our lives.
This is no more true than in our interactions with each other.
With all that said, here’s the latest DW video installment, called “The Truth”, part 1 of 2.