It's January 12. I just now took our Christmas lights off the house. Which means I'm either WAY BEHIND schedule or WAY AHEAD. Either way, not good.
The new year is kinda' like that, isn't it? You finish up Christmas and think, "Ah, I wonder what the new year wi-" and then the new year kicks in your office door, kicks a chair over and drops a bunch of work on your desk.
If you're like me and you're feeling way behind, let me encourage you to do whatever it takes to carve a little time for thinking, planning and dreaming. I know it's hard to find the time, but time spent thinking creatively and clearly about your upcoming ministry year is always worth it.
If you're not quite in the "resolution" mindset, let me offer a few suggestions of things to consider in the new year.
Your band and tech team most likely loves serving with you. I'm willing to be they're invested and are faithful, willing servants. Most of them are are ready for whatever you'll throw at them. So...what are you going to throw at them?
What's your vision for your band and technicians? What did they accomplish in the previous year that you can build on? Think about some practical goals that will rehearsals run more efficiently or increase the musical chops of your team. Try to remember some of the challenges your tech team faces weekly and work on minimizing the chaos level for them.
What sort of worship expression is lacking in your place? If you serve in a overly demonstrative church (hands raised, shouting, applause, etc) what are some ways you can add more quite, thoughtful elements into your service? If you're at a fairly subdued church, how can you lead people into appreciating all the Biblical expressions of praise?
People are content to do-what-they-do. They need an influence in worship who can model and teach them when it comes to what worship looks and sounds like.
I know, I know - I'm like a broken record, but I really believe that churches should write original songs. Make some time to think about how original worship songs might come to life in your congregation. Maybe you're not a writer, but perhaps someone on your team has that ability. Look for ways to "mark" moments in the life of your church with songs.
And don't be afraid of writing terrible songs - focus on two elements and the songs will do their job. (BE BIBLICAL & BE SINGABLE)