OK Fun Seekers, this is a request I have of you.
For those of you involved in Church Music, we have a faithful reader (who also happens to be an old friend of mine) who has encountered an issue at his church, and is seeking some input.
So I’d love for you to leave a comment with your advice or input – let’s see if we can share some of our own experiences and collective wisdom…
And for reasons of anonymity, we’ll call him “Bob”.
“Statement first, then question…. I recently stepped down from worship at our church… I couldn’t get along with the worship pastor at all – he had no vision for us to go or grow – he was stuck in the 80’s and 90’s – and he had nothing to teach the other worship leaders… after numerous meetings and suggestions on things to do LIKE PRACTICING FOR ONE, I gave up and decided for the best of everyone that I remove myself from the situation. Well – 3 days letter he decided that he isn’t the one to continue (after 6 years) leading the church into this new direction we’re headed… the pastor has been trying to get the guy to step down for 2 years too – so it’s good for everyone.
Now the Senior pastor has decided that in this transition time, he will oversee the worship ministry… which is fine although scary. BUT he wants to turn the worship into specific teams operating together instead of the random rotation we’ve been doing. So what he wants to do is stick all the worship leaders in one room (we had 4 including me and the worship pastor, but the Senior pastor has added 2 more, and the worship pastor has decided he’d like to continue at least leading) so that makes 5 worship leaders – not including me because I stepped down.
So the senior pastor wants to stick the 5 worship leaders in a room with himself, and hash out 5 seperate teams… so that way the Senior pastor only has to schedule worship leaders and not musicians….
Hopefully that’s clear as mud… so now the question – what are your thoughts on specific teams for worship – where you always play with the same people?
More info – the old worship pastor let anybody on the stage – so we have brutal drummers who shouldn’t even be allowed to hold chopsticks, and singers who constantly break even the plastic communion cups when singing… (that’s a little dramatic of course…) I told the Senior pastor what he needs to do is disband the entire worship ministry, bring in a new worship pastor, and then let that guy start from scratch where people have to do auditions and all that….”
Weeeellllllllllllllll – I’ve certainly got some thoughts.
BUT – I’d first love to hear what YOU have to say – so leave a comment!!!