Pastors and Worship Leaders, we are meant to be encouraged by the Dismissal as well. As we go about the mission and ministry of the Church, we are faced with difficulties. Criticisms, sorrows, and yes, even betrayals, are all too common realities for those charged with leading the Church. And yet, hear the truth of the Benediction and the resolve of the Sending Forth: Who you are, makes you blessed.
The seeming newness of the technology of networking can imply the actual communication and connection it brings is new as well. What is new is the ability to aggregate and curate. Now these particular skills take on spiritual meaning but in fact their role has always been a missional task of the church. The church has been specializing in networks for centuries. In some ways denominations are a manifestation of networking.
So many times we are overwhelmed by our jobs, ministries, families, and various personal responsibilities. How often are we overwhelmed and cleansed by the Holy Spirit? What a wonderful reason to gather. When we come together in unity and love, the sacred presence of the Holy Spirit is full and free.
The best experiences we have as a gathered body are truly wonderful, but they are like the bands that play festivals early in the day while we await the headline act that comes hours later. Our gathered worship is helping us to get ready for the biggest headliner ever.
This is why we gather. We come, because He came. It’s why I don’t tell my children to close their eyes when they sing. I tell them, “Look around! Look at all these people who love Jesus.” It’s why I look around as our church begins to line the aisles to take communion.
Phil Wickham is a longtime friend of Worship Leader magazine. In the wake of Phil's newly released single, "Living Hope", and the pending August 3rd full album release of the same title, Worship Leader magazine's Alex MacDougall caught up with Phil.
What kind of adult worshippers do you want to have? And then begin to work backward to define and develop what the goal needs to be for each age group and classroom within your church. You have 936 Sundays in the life of a young person. That’s over 900 opportunities, as you gather, to help kids fall in love with Jesus through worship.