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I am very excited to announce that after a looong hiatus, I am back in the Worship Planning fray with WorshipPlanningSoftware.com!

There are approximately 375,000 churches in the US that are of some form of evangelical denomination (Baptist, Southern Baptist, Methodist, PCA, etc…) and I figure if there are 80,000 that can use a Worship Planning site to organize their worship ministry (people, music, services, communications) then this should be an awesome way for lots of folks to get a lot more worshipping done and spend a lot less wasted time on details and other minutia!

If you work in a church, please have a look, or attend a church, PLEASE pass it on!

The site is https://www.worshipplanningsoftware.com/?asource=MarkMyWordsBlog07112011

Thanks for visiting!

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So you have subscribed to, or are thinking about subscribing to a Worship Planning web site for your church’s worship ministry.  You may be technically savvy, you may see the need right off, but what about the people who make up your ministry?  Will they take to it?  Will they like it?  Will they embrace this new technology?   What I’ve found is, YES!  But sometimes, you need to take charge.  Leading by committee is always difficult.

As for successfully getting folks to use the system, get involved, etc., here’s what my worship leader said when we introduced the prototype for WorshipWebSite.net*:

 He basically said, “Folks, this is the new way I will be organizing our worship ministry.  To help minimize unnecessary photocopying, burning of cds, hand-offs of materials, etc., and to maximize your access to the music, information and the schedule, we are going to be using this web site exclusively.  Everything will be on the web, so if you need a chart, or need an audio track for a song, or need to know if you are playing next week, check the worship web site.

 

It’s easy to use, but like anything new, takes some getting used to.  One of the things many worship leaders must help their people get past is the ‘feed me’ mentality that many worship volunteers have.  Oftentimes there is someone at the church making the photocopies of the music/song list/schedule, burning CDs, etc, and then finding the people in church, and giving them the packet of info.  It is not the volunteer seeking the information, but rather them expecting to be ‘fed’ this information.

 

A worship planning site takes the onus off the worship leadership of the church, and puts the responsibility back on the people. 

It’s not hard, just different.  It’s not a technical issue, believe me.  Some folks might tell you it’s just too hard for them, but in reality, they just don’t want to do it.  Given a desire to go find that hot new MP3 player online, and they’ll be king of the internet.  It the old ‘change is hard’ thing.  Some embrace it while others fear it.  Please, please don’t allow your ministry to suffer but for the fears of a few.

 

Of course, some people just don’t have access to a computer.  I would say probably about 2 in a hundred.  Most have at least one computer in their home. 

 

Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel like this should be ‘forced’ upon anyone, but I have had much experience in worship ministry to know that sometimes, you have to read between the lines.  This new technology is something that will help you and your people to become more effective for God, and that’s what it’s all about anyway.  Given that as the goal, who would complain?

Abraham and Noah both did some incredibly difficult things – going into the unknown – simply to please and honor God by following His desire.  We all (as worship leaders – which means YOU if you take any part in your church’s worship ministry) can take a cue from their leadership.  Venture into the unknown for what?  If it’s pointing to Him, then it’s pointed in the right direction.  Amen!  Let’s go!

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*Note:  WorshipWebSite.net was merged into the new Lifeway Worship Project and can be found at www.lifewayworship.com.  Look for ’WorshipMap Pro’.

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So my quandry is – do I post this ridiculous picture on WorshipWebSite.net*?

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I think Worship Leaders have a sense of humor – what do YOU think?

 -Mark

*Note:  WorshipWebSite.net was merged into the new Lifeway Worship Project and can be found at www.lifewayworship.com.  Look for ‘WorshipMap Pro’.

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Here is a short article on Worship Planning, from my point of view. I am sure I will be writing much more on this topic, but here’s the first. So why am I writing this?

Let me say this: I am not the end-all-be-all of worship planning. But I DO know something or two about the topic. Here’s a coupla things you might want to know:

  • I’ve played on worship teams (drummer) at two churches over a 6-year period
  • I worked closely with my Worship Leader to build the prototype for WorshipWebSite.net*
  • I am a web developer with 14 years of programming experience
  • I receive tons of excellent feedback on new features from my member churches who use WorshipWebSite.net in their worship ministries.

I’d like to take a moment on this last one. Ideas. What are they? If not for the ideas of these wonderful people who are my customers (but who I’d rather call my friends), our website would become stale, static, boring. But their ideas continually spark within me great new ways to expand the features we have to offer worship ministries, and to make the existing features work even better.

An idea is great, but without implementation, so many great ideas are lost forever. It’s like the thought you had for that book you’ve been wanting to write. But, you didn’t make a note of it, can’t remember it now, so it is, alas, lost for all time.

So I implemented our Suggestion Box for our worship leaders to use to let me know about any specific ideas they have for new features. It’s all tracked in the database so I have a handy reference with which to work from to put these ideas into action. Nifty idea! (Well, I do come up with one every now and then :))

One of my worship leaders came up with so much great stuff, some of it started to sound a bit um… crazy? Wild? Out of bounds? He said he wanted to see how far he could go before I told him no!

Well, I had to, but not before he came up with some great ideas for the site. Thank you to all who have made suggestions, and to all who will in the future.

Don’t get this wrong – WorshipWebSite.net is completely finished and ready to use. But we can never remain static. We must always be evolving, changing with the needs of our users, and adding more to the already impressive list of features. If you haven’t visited us, please do so today.

Thanks for reading!

-Mark

*Note:  WorshipWebSite.net was merged into the new Lifeway Worship Project and can be found at www.lifewayworship.com.  Look for ’WorshipMap Pro’.

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