I have renewed my writing card. Part of it comes from a dear friend pushing (ever so gently). Part of it is that I feel like there is something to be said again. But that’s another post. For now, I want to stay close as I can to the title.
What does this really mean? Well, I didn’t even know I was thinking about this until I spent a few days with my friends at the National Worship Leader Conference. They are always challenging and encouraging during this week, and this year was nothing different. I found myself looking for that thing, that one thing I could hold onto that I could bring back to my church. At the end of the week, I came away knowing that I needed to make some changes in the way that I think about this thing I do every day. There are so many different things to get sidetracked on (evident by the vendor booths), and it’s easy to think that I have to be trying to do all of the latest and greatest things for my church. We see it all and think that it could all work in our churches. No, it doesn’t all work in your church. Even more important than great verbal transitions, effective youth choirs, learning to foster communication between the band and the tech crew, not getting burnt out, being a better leader or any of the other litany of workshops that were offered, the thing that continued to ring out in me was the thought of transformational worship.
Worship has to come from the inside. It’s an outpouring of what should already be there. If worship is starting to feel stale to you, it might be the fact that your church is doing the same 15 songs all the time. But it just might be your heart toward those songs. It might not have anything to do with the songs at all. It could be your outlook toward worship in general. It might be the attitude of being a consumer of worship instead of a participant. The transformation for me is remembering that I’m not feeding consumers, I need to be fostering participation. When I look at worship from the eyes of a facilitator it changes how I arrange and plan. But in order to do that, I need to adjust my approach. That means I have to look at the inside. I have to get back to square one. I have to get back to what this whole blog is about in the first place. Encountering the Savior so that I can enrich my community and engage the world with the gospel. Once I was hit with that this week, it became clear again. I’m sitting on my thoughts and gifts and ideas and not sharing them. So I’m writing again with that renewed purpose. Getting to reconnect with friends like Rick, and making new friends like Rich were definitely highlights of the week. But, like always, God had plans to grab at my heart again. And He totally did. And I’m being transformed. Again. Let’s see what happens.