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Our Conference Breakout Session

UPDATE – Here is the post with the summary of the session: http://keithelgin.com/2013/01/breakout-session-notes/

Hey everyone,

So I’m pretty pumped that I’m teaching a breakout session on worship at a conference this weekend (that will look nothing like the above picture). And I’m even more pumped that after pre-registration, my session is already full!

So when I say “teaching”, I really mean “learning”. When I say “learning”, I mean that in preparing, I’m realizing how much I’ve learned about God, people and worship the longer I’ve been involved with worship stuff. It’s great to have a moment to stop and realize how much wisdom God gives through experience, when I typically just go go go and implement what I learn without ever really stopping to appreciate that I’ve learned it. I also hope I’ll learn a lot from the people in the session. I like to ask questions, as well as give my opinions.

And when I say, “I’m” teaching, what I mean is “we’re” teaching. See I need your help. Can you answer a few of questions for me? I’d love to reference some of the answers during my breakout (without names). If you’d prefer to post here and not have me share it, just say so in your comment.

Thanks for your help! Hopefully I’ll get a copy of the audio, and if so, I’ll share it here.

Keith

 

1. As someone who attends a church service, what do you wish the planners/programmers would know?

2. As someone who attends a church service, what do you wish the worship leader/music leader would know?

3. If you play/sing on a worship team/lead worship, etc, what do you wish your leader knew?

4. What distracts you most from God during a worship service?

One response to “Our Conference Breakout Session”

  1. Chris says:

    Thanks for posting these questions!

    1. As someone who attends a church service, what do you wish the planners/programmers would know?

    FIrst that they are loved and prayed for, even though their job is sometimes not recognized. On Sunday mornings we all come from crazy different places with a million thoughts on our brains. The more interactive and engaging components to the service there are, the more I’m able to plug into worship.

    2. As someone who attends a church service, what do you wish the worship leader/music leader would know?

    First that that they are loved and prayed for. They have a job that everyone feels qualified to critique all the time. If the worship leader is worshipping, not staring at music, but well rehearsed and able to concentrate on worshipping, I am more easily able to let my guard down and worship.

    3. If you play/sing on a worship team/lead worship, etc, what do you wish your leader knew?

    First that they are loved and prayed for. They probably get even more critiques from the other musicians who feel they are even “more qualified” to give them their opinions! 🙂

    I would want them to know that I’m looking to them for cues. Not only in the actual songs, but also in preparedness for rehearsal/worship. Does rehearsal start on time? Or are there 5 last minute things the leader needs to take care of before starting rehearsal/worship and our start time ends up consistently being 30 min later. Maybe I should just show up 30 min late next time then. 🙂

    Also, is the leader learning the songs as we rehearse? Then I don’t need to learn them in advance either I guess.

    Know that we desire to be a part of authentic worship. Feel free to take 5-10 minutes up front in rehearsal to share scripture, a centering thought, or engaging quote or video that puts our hearts and minds on the One we are there to praise.

    4. What distracts you most from God during a worship service?

    What distracts me most from God during a worship service are technical issues and incredibly obtrusive musical mistakes.

    If the pastor is preaching and there are weird high pitched noises in the speakers, I’m focused on what the heck that noise is…not what he/she is saying.

    We are all human and there will be mistakes made by all members of a worship band, but blatant wrong root notes played on big down beats, lyrics being sung that continuously differ from those on the screen, and rhythm sections that are stepping on each other instead of playing together cause distraction.

    Also…if things are too quiet during upbeat praise and worship tunes, I’m less likely to sing with all that I have for fear of bothering those around me.

    Thanks for asking for opinions Keith. It’s always a privilege to worship with you and I’m looking forward to the conference.

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