The Nuts and Bolts – Introduction

As many of you know, I am currently the Worship Arts and Student Ministries Pastor at Parkway Wesleyan Church.  It’s hard to believe that we have been here a year and a half.  God is moving among his people.  It doesn’t mean that there aren’t struggles, but that God is working in and among us.

Several weeks ago, I got a message from one of the members of our Continental Singers tour group.  This year marks 25 years since we toured together.  Over the last two weeks, I received two issues of Worship Leader magazine.  That message that I received and some of the articles in the magazine got me to thinking.  Perhaps it was the Lord prompting me to put together a weekly series on some of the nuts and bolts of worship.

In my position, I am more of a generalist than a specialist in the area of worship.  My knowledge is more than just music.  While I lead the worship service and play an instrument, I serve as a vocal coach for our singers, an instrumental coach for our instrumentalists, I oversee our tech arts area — which at the moment is sound and video, as well as oversee other areas.  In the area of tech arts, I have a fairly good grasp on what looks and sounds good and how to make that happen.  I don’t say all that to make myself look good or to boast about it as the apostle Paul says it.  This is to show you my background.

So that is the inspiration for this weekly series called “The Nuts and Bolts of Worship.”  We will look at how I plan a worship service; how we rehearse the worship team; how we interact together; what I look for from our tech team and so on.  This should be good and in the process, you will see my philosophy of worship ministry.

Next week we will look at whether we should try to duplicate the recording or make it our own.  What do you think?

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