-2012 changes/shifts (STYLE & THEOLOGY)
-A set list of music that we all work from (40-60ish).
New songs and consistency work with a years sermon planning.
That’s why we use a song list. Oct is planning month for the next years teaching series. Don't have to understand it to use it. Just use it please.
-Run sheets for all services.
Developing consistency. Exploring worship.
Developing our self-discipline and team work ethos.
-Preacher, service leaders, worship leaders, service/weekend managers, communion, tech team roles/relationships.
1-worship 2-family time 3-Communicating
-Worship leaders and the musician rota. Preaching rotas etc…
Some in training, all valued giftings.
*The Run Way
Sunday morning is about Jesus.
-But we will be thinking about lunch, the argument in the car, yelling at the kids, why they are in your seat, the sermon topic, or simply your own failings.
-The grace based church understands this so we need to be taught hope.
-The Holy Spirit who brings conviction, grace, salvation, healing etc… can only be blocked by SELF. Its either H.S or Us.
-The way we block the H.S is to be self aware.
-A Sunday morning service is designed to move us from Self-awareness to H.S awareness.
-Think right now of the service areas that will make you self-aware or even good things. Notices, Scripture pointing out sin, Noise, Wrong chords, Broken guitar strings, out of tune instruments, Smell of coffee, interpersonal issues…
-If our aim is to bring people into an awareness of God then it’s going to take work and time, not a rollercoaster but directional.
-We call this the move from Information based services to Ministry based services.
-Our run sheet minimises self-awareness but is only as effective as you make it to be.
-If we could make you become aware of H.S right now, and if we could help you not be aware of self then you will experience God for a few moments.
The Runway Starts Here
-Self-aware happens before a service through chatter.
-Worship call uplifting slightly louder praise to begin the transition with declarations. Just 2 or 3 shorter songs with a purpose of taking a person cold from the streets of life to face the right direction.
-Family time to celebrate grace. Uplifting and welcoming, this is quite a self aware moment…but then…
-Worship of about 3 songs flowing ushered in majesty and becoming aware of Gods grace and presence, not rushed but smooth, simple, lower lights, pads on the keys, gentle words, free worship time, preparing people to become aware so that the teaching ministry has a heart to work with.
-Sermon, finishing with ministry opportunity not information. Not a time for correction as that’s the pastors preaching role who will close it with ministry if correction has happened.
*Very important following our 2015 6:40 training where we taught 3rd quad church which is where we are right now:
For your own discipleship…for the value we have on you and how much we believe in your gift…Nobody is required to lead, worship lead, lead a service, preach or teach who will not do those things while you are not leading, worship leading, leading services, preaching or teaching.
In other words: Be present even if you are not on task that weekend.
I cant over emphasise this enough as a friend in ministry.
Like Paul said “…you are the seal of my apostoleship”. Not position or role.
You can be “put” in position but you cant be “given” respect, followers or influence.
You must earn it and by earning it I mean self discipline.