Our worship team will be having a worship conference next year. We're planning on having it on a Saturday, with sessions during the day, and having the guest speaker lead a Night of Worship that same evening. The sessions would be just for our team & prospective members, as well as anyone from our church who'd like to attend. The thinking behind keeping it "local" is that it will be more comfortable for everyone to open up during the work-shop sessions. The Night of Worship would be open to everyone.
These are just ideas so far. But, I'm wondering if anyone on here has ever done anything like this?? Any suggestions for topics that should take importance? If you have any "dos & don'ts"... :)
Our team consists of 17 people...
My first thought is, why not open it up to the worship teams from all the churches in your area? Not sure if keeping it "local' makes people open up more...I've found the opposite. When there are many different people involved in the discussion, then not only do you hear of new ideas that others are trying, but the discussion is more on the idea, and not (albeit unintentionally) focused on a band member who brings it up (if they do).
Just a thought...
I will totally second Rick's thoughts here. Church is a community thing, we all benefit when we share with others that don't just attend in our building.
A couple of thoughts for topics:
1. Worship is, in the strictest sense, giving respect and reverence to God. This is rarely taught.
2. Worship is everything we do for God, it involves sacrifice. This is also rarely taught. So a class that focuses on our worship outside of the realm of our Sunday morning offerings.
3. Many churches struggle with conflict in worship. It is good for people to share these struggles and help find resolutions.
4. If you have a good sound guy in your area, a tech round table of sorts is a great thing. Church sound people tend to be quite isolated - regardless of the fact that they are the most important cog in the typical contemporary corporate worship offering. Even if you don't have a great sound guy in your area, just getting these guys together to talk tech is a good thing.
Worship is real sacrifice when it is done with the truth of heart and mind, being in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
I find it best when you have real family to be with you, like Christ had with his Apostles and their holy women and followers.
Life should be the same way, for the rest of our lives.
These times are also a good time for someone from the outside to teach about team committment, i.e. coming prepared to practice (in fact, attending practice period seems to be an issue these days); spending time learning your instrument or improving your voice and music knowledge; being a servant on stage; leading with integrity; the list goes on. It's always good to have guest speaker adress these issues objectively.
Another 10 points for Rick!
Good points, guys...y'all have definitely given me something to think about...
We have done 3 of these events in Cincinnati. Although it is difficult to draw a large crowd, it is so rewarding to come together and learn! The facebook link is still there from our 2009 conference, it was our most ambitious... thus the most ideas for you! God Bless... GO FOR IT!