I am currently neck-deep in the planning and preparation of a new ministry. On Sunday, September 11, the church I currently serve will be launching a new, 3rd Sunday morning worship service. And I…am…pumped!
This is the 3rd church I have served. And it is the 3rd time I have added a 3rd Sunday morning worship service. In fact, over my 20 years in the ministry, I have launched or helped launch 7 new services, counting this most recent one.
There is something awesome about starting a new service. For me, worship is the core of a congregation. Everything else that they do should radiate out from that center. And so, to create a new service is to broaden and deepen the base upon which the congregation is founded.
We currently have 8AM and 10:15AM services. The 8AM is called Praise and Worship. It is led by a praise band (2 acoustic guitars, keyboard, bass, drums and vocalists) and features an originally-produced Call to Worship music video that references the main point of the day and is built around a Classic Rock song. The service has consistently grown over the past couple of years. It has a really good, dedicated “audience”- especially for 8AM! It offers Communion once/month.
The 10:15AM is called Blended Worship…and it, without a doubt, the MOST blended service I have been a part of. It features a 20+ member vocal choir (they are VERY good!), a full bell choir (they are also very good!), an organist (again, very good!) AND the Praise Band from the 8AM service! It has more “tradition” elements” (responsive readings, collective readings, liturgist, Doxology, Apostle’s Creed, etc.) It is, by far, our best-attended service. It also offers Communion once/month.
And along comes Rock and Worship. It will be built around a new band- electric guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, bass, drums and vocals. (I’m still praying about a keyboardist!) It will feature that same original video that is used in the 8AM service. It will be a little shorter- 50 minutes. It will be the most casual and “relaxed” of all 3 services. And it will offer Communion every week.
I am a firm believer that not only is worship the core of a congregation- it is also THE main entry point into the church. (The more entry points you can offer, the more you open up the church to a wider variety of people.) And with 3 different services (The new schedule, by the way, will be 8AM- Praise and Worship, 9:15AM- Rock and Worship and 10:30AM- Blended Worship), we are positioning ourselves to reach more people for Jesus Christ! Good stuff!
Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day! Please make sure and come back tomorrow and stick with Jesus!