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Aaron Stewart of Planning Center on Worship Leadership, Technology, and Team Building

Aaron Stewart of Planning Center on Worship Leadership, Technology, and Team Building

Aaron Stewart

A Conversation at the Nexus of Worship and Technology

Reflecting on the insightful dialogue between Joshua Swanson of Worship Leader Magazine and Aaron Stewart, the co-founder of Planning Center, one cannot help but recognize the synergy between technology and ministry. As we journey through their conversation, we see a picture of how Planning Center has become indispensable to worship leaders and their teams, with a focus on creating a supportive ecosystem that’s attentive to the real-time needs of the church.

Listening and Building Gradually

Stewart’s approach, emphasizes a one-step-at-a-time methodology—gradually, intentionally, and steadfastly. His description of their task management system is a testament to the virtue of listening—much like the wise leader in Proverbs who understands the value of counsel. Planning Center’s dedication to not forecasting too far into the future mirrors the biblical principle of taking no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself (Matthew 6:34). This reliance on feedback and gradual progression ensures that the services provided are truly in tune with the church’s evolving landscape.

Matthew 6:34 (ESV) – 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Enhancing Church Communication

Furthermore, the integration of a chat system into Planning Center Services illustrates the commitment to community. This move towards enhancing communication within the body of the church aligns with the biblical model of unity and mutual edification.

Planning Center Origin Story: A Testament to Divine Purpose and Calling

Stewart’s recounting of Planning Center’s origin story—born in a church office rather than a garage, from a genuine need within the church body—resonates with the divine principle that God uses the humble and ordinary to birth something extraordinary for His glory. This story is a testament to the power of responding to a calling and the incredible journey that unfolds when one’s work aligns with God’s purposes.

Envisioning the Future of Worship Leadership and Technology

As we reflect on the rich tapestry of this exchange, let’s take a moment to ponder the future of worship technology and leadership. Let’s envision a continued partnership between the ingenuity of developers and the heartfelt service of worship leaders, all to foster an environment where the songs of praise are raised with efficiency and unity.

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