We're in an odd spot. We signed on a new church plant to train and develop a worship team. The church is made up of almost all new believers, and folks working through recovery. A little tougher assignment, but not impossible.
We're now eight months into this program. After the team failed to show up for two consecutive rehearsals we decided to place them on hiatus and regroup with the senior and associate pastors.
Over the course of a few weeks we met and discussed the situation. It seemed like we had identified the problem and a plan; the congregation as a whole needed a deeper understanding into the heart of worship. This was to be tackled from the pulpit. Then my husband and I would put together a smaller team with a new rotation to address the attendance problem.
So, Sunday rolls around. The senior pastor preaches a stirring sermon. We see the seeds of something wonderful beginning. We did not expect an over night change, but this was headed in a promising direction and the congregation was moved. It looked like a breakthrough was going to take place.
Normally, there is an alter call at the end of each sermon. Music is played and time is devoted to one on one prayer and ministry. This did not happen. Instead the associate pastor got up and proceeded to talk for another 30 minutes on top of the 45 minute sermon the senior pastor preached. The congregation was then dismissed with the words, "No one needs prayer".
My heart sank.
We have followed up with the associate pastor to get a feel for what our next steps should be. The conversations are leaving us with very little encouragement. We want to begin to build the team, but the pastoral support seems to have, withered down to nothing.
What is going on?