A Stat to Think About (pt.2)

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So here’s what I’m thinking. We can’t teach people to live a lifestyle of worship in our 20 minute Sunday morning environment. We can hint at it, exemplify it as leaders and long for it in our people, but when it comes down to it, the deeper side of being a worshipper can’t be taught in that time hindered environment. So, what do we do? Here are a few things that have hit me as Jeff has continued speaking.

1. It starts at the Top. You can expand the worship environment by teaching on the subject of worship. Not from the Worship Leader, but from the Sr. or Teaching Pastor. We spend a ton of time preparing series that are “life applicable”… Well here is a topic that is applicable all the way around.

2. It must be part of your “culture”. Are you, your team and the staff you serve with really on board with this approach to worship? In other words, is worship more than music to each of these people, or is it simply a means by which we pump people up to hear the message? We can not teach something that we, as leaders, aren’t willing to live out.

3. Make Time. Lastly, I think we need to make the time. Schedule the series, create a worship focused small group, create other worship environments…anything and everything you can think of to teach people what they are called to as worshippers.

This has been a very moving morning. I’m enlightened, challenged and determined to change this stat here at Vale…Any other thoughts on this?

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the good word. It’s something I’ve been thinking about. I want to help encourage our church to go into deeper worship. Thanks for the suggestion to create smaller groups.

  2. I know that you have missed me on the blog but this is a topic I knew I needed to take the time to chat on….
    I know that we not only need to lead in the worship but also demonstrate how worship is supposed to be-us giving our all to a God that deserves more than we could ever give. We need to be more than just a group of people who get together to sing or play an instrument or do a skit on Sunday morning to a small group who grows spiritually together and ministers to one another so that we can go on to minister to others that are seeking on Sunday morning. God has blessed us with incredible talent, yet we need to go beyond the technical “show” and do some more behind the scenes.
    Things like spending time in prayer for those who will come through the doors who do not know the awesome power of the savior, those who are hurting, our leaders and any other concerns that need to be brought to the Father. The very first youth group that I was involved in, an hour before the service those who wanted to met in a room and spent the whole time before the service praying. It really did make a difference. Not that we are not individually praying now, but when we gathered God met us as a group and we were ministered to as well.
    The creative ministries have grown by leaps and bounds and God has awesome things ahead for all involved. And God wants us to not only flourish in our talents and our praise teams strengthen, but each of us to grow spiritually as he ministers through us to those who need a touch from him. (Wow-this is a long message)……
    I can not wait to see what God will do next.

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