Our church came up with a "strategic" way to offer options in how worship is expressed. Just a few weeks ago we launched our fifth service (click here on The Well Launches). We needed to reach our young adults and offer the HS a transition. Instead of doing a "church within a church" we thought that it was more unifying to have our main teaching pastor be the message (via video) as opposed to them being a youth group for adults. The small groups and everything else are tied in–but the young adults put the worship together.
We also have a group in our church that just does not like loud music or contemporary music. Instead of driving them out, it seemed like we could reach them and minister them better rather than forcing a style that even less people would be excited with. So, we did a Classic service over a year ago.
Being part of church planting in the past has put in my blood the passion for expansion. These venues provide space and focus that has a unique expression of worship but still benefits from the larger church quality and programming (ie, youth, kids, small groups…)
So, here is my list of 10 things I have learned so far the from our church’s expansion of worship venues and video venues:
- Starting new things has allowed me to go from being the sole worship leader to having 7 capable worship leaders under me in under three years. From one style to three and with a level of excellence.
- Younger folks will own the church if you give it away. Really, give it away to them. And, they don’t mind your input when they know they really are part of the team. They actually will ask for it.
- My heart still is concerned about consumerism. Reaching more people does not make them more mature. We still need to grow people to think about worship as not about themselves.
- I love coaching people! Even though I love leading worship, to be able to see others succeed is such fun. 2 Timothy 2:2 is for us worship leaders, too.
- Video venues DO work. Amazingly, people can accept it. But, it must be done with quality.
- Different styles or expressions of worship do not have to mean different church identities. Core values can be lived out. The challenge is to be opened and let others interpret them uniquely.
- One size does not fit all no matter how good you are. We have multiple small groups, and multiple service times, why not other options?
- It is a lot of work, no matter how you slice it! This is why some should be scared of doing it!
- There are no guarantees and so the rewards come with risks.
- It is NOT a silver bullet to solving facility issues. In fact, when you grow, it makes the future facility expansion ever more complex.
Any thoughts about this?