The “Reimagine” project seeks to apply New Testament principles to present-day modes of church practice.
How will you reimagine worship ministry to meet the realities of our current situation? What innovative practices can you utilize while still upholding the core teachings found in Scripture? Below you will find some information, tools and resources to help you begin to reimagine.
The way we lead in the worship ministry has drastically changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Churches were scrambling at the beginning of the stay-at-home orders to get their services online and figure out what this new way of connecting with our people should look like. All of our efforts in creating times of meaningful worship had to shift to leading people who were not physically present. This reality presented a whole new type of challenge.
As some people begin regathering for worship, we continue to move into uncharted areas of leadership. How do we successfully help our people engage in transformational worship while wearing masks and socially distancing, all the while being concerned with the safety of congregational singing and choral programs? We also realize that probably fewer than half of people are returning to in-person worship, and many people we need to reach can only be reached through online platforms. Therefore, we need to have an equally strong emphasis on digital means of worship and discipleship. The church must find ways to engage our people in worship in-person and online.
Tips & Tools
As we adjust to the new realities, we need to find ways to devote energies to two streams. The first stream is in-person worship. Gathered worship now has severe limitations, which impair the way things used to flow. We need to be creative in ways we can engage our congregations in worship with masks and distancing while finding ways to keep our small and large ensembles active in ministry amid challenging barriers.
The second stream is online worship, which has unique needs to reach an at-home audience. Online worship ministry must focus on connecting with people in a much different environment. The article, “Improving your online worship services,” provides some helpful guidance to connect with online audiences.
What if our times of worship, both in-person and online, were powerful and transformational — each striving to reach the differing needs of the two audiences? What if we could get beyond a production mindset and really seek God’s heart for what our worship ministries need to look like to make disciples in this new time? What if we are willing to lay everything of the past on the altar, and discover the best ways for moving forward? Read “Thinking about the new normal after COVID-19” for more thoughts.
Tips & Tools
Take some time to assess each part of your worship ministry prior to COVID-19. Look at the busy calendar you had. Take each part of that and ask: What is right with this ministry? What is wrong with this ministry? What is missing or could be improved? What is confused about the purpose or function of this ministry? Does this ministry need to be continued as it was, modified or deleted? Also, assess the online and gathered worship ministries according to the articles referenced above. What needs to be changed to be most effective?