That means that Ty came to this church in his 30′s and in the mid ’70′s. Boy, has he seen a change in the landscape of worship and music ministry in those 34 years. It got me to thinking about this.
The 1970′s Worship Leadership:Title: Minister of Music, Music Director, Song Leader (that’s it-nothing else)Job Description: Handle the music (that’s it)Resources: The Hymnal (that’s it!) and Sing and Celebrate (remember that?)Instrumentation: Piano/Organ (is there anything else?)Guitar–only played by the youth minister and only at retreatsGroups: Sanctuary Choir–The jewel of the ministry; with robesYouth Choir–where 75% of the youth group was participantsHandbells- Youth and AdultsChildren’s Choirs (with Auto harps) and him directingPerformances: Christmas “Cantata” (by John W. Peterson)Easter “Cantata” (by John W. Peterson)Choir Festivals/Piano Festivals-yeah, people played piano back thenServices: Sunday AM & PM/ Wed.Prayer meeting to lead a songNursing Home service once a month-Sun. afternoon (nap time)Sound: Depending on size of church–he ran the sound under the pulpit(don’t laugh–I was doing this in the early 90′s)Media: Slides-only slides; reel to reel tapes; no performace traxDrama: Youth Only–then they were called skits and only for missionsTraining: Seminary trained–had to be! (unless you were an evangelist coming off the road–then that counted as experience)Clothing: Coat and Tie–of course!Compare that with the Music leadership of 2008
I’m wearing this on Sunday–you like?
Worship Leadership in 2008Title: Creative Arts Pastor, Pastor of Worship, ImagineerJob Description: Handle it (everything!)Resources: The Internet, Hillsong, Willowcreek, NorthPoint, Crowder, Tomlin, Praisecharts, etc, etc (what’s a hymnal?)-or make your own charts with FINALEInstrumentation: Anything but Piano/Organ (full blown band) and anything that a computer can recreate (Ableton Live!); Guitar is welcome here not only on retreats; leader needs to lead from an instrumentGroups: Praise Team/Praise BandSeasonal ChoirsSpecial groups-Jazz, Blues,Performances: What? (every Sunday is an Experience!) Christmas/Easter worship experiences.Services: Sunday AM (that’s all folks)Sound: Run by a team (but Minister must be able to speak their language–levels, db’s, inputs/outputs, gain, amplifiers)Media: Video, Computer Generated (must be fluent in AVI, MPEG 1-4) able to download from the net; also able to edit video too (AVID, FINAL CUT); Photoshop….; mp3s, DVD’s, Ipods; TV broadcast lingo and Radio too; Streaming web services; webcams; Media Shout or Pro-Presenter; know what a BNC cable is; understand compression of audio filesTechnology: Must know computers–RAM, GIGS, CPUS, Monitor resolutions; be able to fix the projectors and any other broken technology in any other areas of the church.Drama: Not just for yutes anymore—he/she must be equal to a Broadway producer; forget Cecile B DeMille–we want Steven Spielberg!Stage Design: know how to create environments; lighting-knowing the difference be tween a par and an elipsoidal and moving lights!;calculate DMX capacity; fabrics, scrims, props, trusses, cycsDesigner: know trends in culture, colors and all things APPLE!Publications: differences in CMYK and RGB; print scales and modes, paper finishes; large scale printing for advertisment/promotion; type setting, fonts, Adobe C3Public Relations/Communication: Web presence and e-communicationsTraining: Seminary not required–on the job more valued (farm leagues)Clothing: Casual ( that is usally user defined)Any one of these could be a single job by themselves!I wonder what the next 30 plus years will look like? What will the next generation of worship leadership have to know and master? Any ideas?That’s all I can think of now. I’d like to hear from some of my pastor friends who read this blog (you know who you are) how communication (preaching) has changed in the last 30 years and the role of the Sr. Pastor has emerged. I’m sure this will cause some stir as you read through these, but I think I’m pretty close to target range on these. It’s the reality I’m living in today.
Special thanks to my friend, Randall Hall for the brainstorming on this post.
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