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We have more great worship music today than in the history of the church. We have better technology in our churches than ever before. We have more apps and tools to enhance our worship experience, but less people are actually participating. How is that possible? It’s an epidemic that must change. So I wanted to share with you some steps we are taking at Stevens Creek Church to convert worship watchers to worship singers.
At Stevens Creek Church, I (along with my staff and many volunteers) oversee the entire “experience.” That includes everything from what you feel as you drive onto the property to the elements you see as you sit in the service. There are so many churches out there on the brink of having great experiences, but for one reason or another, they can’t seem to get over the hump. I want to share 5 things that if you can incorporate into your planning, you will see an immediate return on your efforts.
At Stevens Creek we believe that creating a great experience is much more than just what happens on the stage. Of course the service is very important, but if people have a bad experience in the parking lot or checking in their kids, it makes the job of the people on stage much more difficult.
Over the past 22 years, I have planned over a thousand worship services at Stevens Creek Church. That is a lot of services! When you are planning services week after week, you can very easily lose sight of what you’re trying to accomplish unless you have something to keep you on track. So I wanted to share three questions I use to stay focused on creating incredible worship experiences.
Have you ever been in a worship service where the band sounds incredible, the light show is on point, and everything seems to be going right, but when you get to the end of the set and the worship leader starts to pray, the whole thing seems to lose momentum? The problem is the prayer has no focus or direction and the leader is just saying a bunch of different phrases that don't make sense. This is one of my pet peeves with worship leaders. We have to do a better job of directing our prayers at the end of our worship sets. If you lead worship often, your prayers can have the tendency to get stale and lack purpose. So I started using this three-step process in all of my prayers.
What do you feel when you realize that Easter is right around the corner? I get excited, but I also get a little anxious. The reason for conflicting emotions is because I realize what's at stake. More people come through our church doors that weekend than any other weekend of the year. There's no better time to have a clear presentation of the gospel than on Easter, so we better bring our A- Game. Here are 5 ways to make sure your Easter experience is awesome this year.
I’ve been a worship leader for over 20 years and, until recently, if you were the worship leader of a church that meant you led all the songs, all the time, every week. Now... I know people really like me but that’s a lot of me. What I have learned over the years is the importance of having other worship leaders. Here are 3 reasons why I use more than one worship leader.
Life can be so busy and demanding sometimes…..We have so many responsibilities. We have deadlines at work….we have obligations at church….we have all of the different activities with our kids and it can be so overwhelming.
Worship is our response to God for who He is and for what He's done. So often we limit that response to what we do in church on Sunday as we sing, but worship is so much more than just singing songs.
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