Over the past five years, I have had opportunity to visit many Baptist churches of varying sizes and worship styles. I have talked with worship leadership, many pastors, and associational missionaries. While there are many churches that seem to have vibrant, transformational worship, I have to say that my perception of the condition of worship in vast numbers of Baptist churches (and beyond) is painfully disturbing and heart-breaking. Read more
I often have churches calling me looking for musicians and people to lead worship. I often refer them to large churches nearby who may have a number of people in training. Too often, worship leaders are not mentoring others. My friend and counterpart from the Kansa-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, David Manner, offers some excellent commentary on this: Read more
Buddy Overman, of BSCNC Communications, attended the Worship Summit in Wendell recently. His article appears in the Biblical Recorder and is reprinted here. I believe Buddy did a great job of summarizing much of the material of the Worship Summit. Take a look:
Just today, I relived a phone call I have received so many times in my last two years working for the Convention. A pastor calls to ask for help. He has no musicians to lead times of worship–whether on Sunday morning or another setting. They call hoping I have some solution for them. Thankfully I do. After walking the callers through some solutions, I hang up the phone and breathe a prayer, thanking God for the folks at LifeWayWorship.com
Help Is on the Way!
Bruce Cannon, associational missionary for the Bladen Association, recently commented that it seems like we are worshipping in a “dry and thirsty land” in many of our churches. Almost every week I hear from a pastor or associational missionary concerning the desperate situation in so many North Carolina Baptist churches that lack needed worship leadership. One pastor described his church’s situation as having a pianist who can only play in three or four keys and an organist who has very little ability. Although the pastor was very grateful for volunteers willing to serve, he shared that the church is limited in the older, more traditional, music they can do, and they cannot even venture into newer music. The pastor asked what could be done to help his church’s corporate worship times. Read more