The session is also available as an mp3; It’s a little over an hour and 65mb.
The Fall Revival at The Magnolia Park Church of Christ featured minister Jesse Tolliver, III from the Collisseum Boulevard Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. I’ve made the audio files available for download.
Beginning Thursday, February 9th, we will begin our Griffin Lake Performance Simulation. Download and reference the pamphlet “Now that I’m A Christian” as it will serve as the starting point for our discussion on Time management and Goal Setting.
As a point of reference, I’d suggest checking out the following videos on Time Management and Goal Setting.
In preparation for our quiz/test [whichever makes you feel better], here are the notes we’ve studied over for the past month. Also, clean sheets to highlight yourself.
- Genesis – Highlighted note sheets on Genesis 1-4. Greyed out text not required for test.
- John, Chapter 1 – Reference for our essay question.
- Chapters 1-4 [clean sheet] – Covers the creation, Adam & Eve, their disobedience, dismissal from the garden.
- Chapter 5 [clean sheet] – Won’t be covered in test one. Will be discussed on January 29th.
- Chapter 6 [clean sheet] – The beginning of the story of Noah & The Ark.
Redux? Remember, I posted all of these articles before, and then lost them all. It was a tough summer, Charlie Brown.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the planning of the worship service, how that it takes more than a notion to make a service go smoothly. In addition I’ve been looking forward to the day when we would officially begin our quarter and work to actually plan the service ahead of Sunday.
One of the areas i’m always excited about is the song service. I’m in the monthly rotation and so I always feel blessed when it is my opportunity to lead the congregation in song. To this end, I generally like to plan a song service ahead of schedule, which gives me more time to actually find songs that go well together.
I’ve been looking at different solutions for planning the worship service, and also solutions for developing a lineup for song service. I’ve stumbled upon a few software packages that i’ve read about over the years, but I figure, for a congregation of our makeup, there is really not the need to get that far ahead of ourselves with all of the interesting technology out there.
For some time I’ve been reading David Seah’s productivity blog for insight and have been intrigued by his use of paper in planning, task management, and organization. I’ve been a fan of Franklin Covey since they were FranklinQuest and Covey Leadership Center, so I’ve always been a lover of paper planning products. So, my immediate thought was, why not just create a simple solution for planning a song service involving paper? Simple enough! I’ve been using the solutions for sometime now, even incorporating them into my Field Notes pocket journal. For the time being, I’ve developed a few variants that hopefully will serve as a start to something better as I continue to develop the idea.
First, The Long Sheet is just that, a long form list that allows for more songs to be written down. At first I thought about the idea that no one would ever need to have a listing of 18 songs for one service, but upon second thought, I realize that a.) There is some congregation out there that is probably singing well over 20 songs in each worship service, and b.) Even for those who sing a generally normal amount of songs, the form allows for listing a large selection of hymns thus giving the song leader options in the pulpit. Yeah, I’m going with B.
With the theme of free form planning, I also created a FreeForm Song Service Planner which is meant primarily for events outside of worship service that call for singing. I’ve been thinking that it could actually be used as a set list for a group, but, since I’m in the process of creating a dedicated sheet for groups, I’ll just designate this one for song services only.
And, finally, I just did a simple update on the original Part of Worship form that had the designated parts of worship [communion, collection] as well as the song of invitation and the closing selection.
Note // Actually, I went ahead and included the originals. Have Fun
I’ve been looking forward to writing on this topic for some time now, but have only now gotten around to actually sitting down and taking the time to organize my thoughts for this particular post.
The Idea of ministry management has become a major sticking point for me as I’ve come to believe that ministry can and should work a whole lot better in the engagement of the members of any particular congregation. Congregations, for the most part, have come to take on the idea that individuality saves the day. However, what I really wanted to do was simply create a working model that could be used as a possible framework for training and development purposes.
So, A Framework?
Well, I continue to feel like the best way to understand anything is to actually learn by doing, and since I couldn’t go out and become minister of an actually congregation, or lead a brotherhood, I figure the next best thing has to be trying to work on building a systematic model of what a brotherhood would look like, with congregations of various backgrounds and standings. I wanted to build something that was both easily understandable, yet at the same time was built with a sense of reality, that a user could imagine being at any particular congregation within the brotherhood.
In developing my faux brotherhood, I took into consideration a few things that I felt were necessary elements in building something that was feasibly understandable. Looking for ways to make this whole project manageable in the long run, I set in place some parameters for my brotherhood.
- The local brotherhood could have no more than 15 congregations – I actually came in under the allocation of 15 congregations (13), leaving two out for future purposes. I chose the number 15 as a limit because I didn’t want the entire process to become so expansive as to limit functionality. In a very large local brotherhood with every congregation having fully developed, active ministries, I just felt that planning, even fake planning, would become a task too major to handle effectively.
- I would stick to realistic numbers for the brotherhood – You aren’t going to typically find a brotherhood with massive attendance numbers, so I really wanted to stick to the reality of the actual brotherhood numbers. In writing The Music Ministry Guide, I did a lot of research on the brotherhood-at-large and realized that the total brotherhood is not as large as I thought, and so, my planning reflects that.
- Financial Numbers should reflect actual trends – I built my own scale using financial data that I found at various congregations. Basically, I looked at membership numbers and total giving, and built a simple formula for individual member giving per week and then simply expanded it forward for an entire year.
Now, all of this really is extensive when you understand the actually scope and focus of this research and modeling, and that is simply to develop a single congregation model. I wanted to develop a single congregation for training and development purposes, but when I began building the framework for Griffin Lake church of Christ, I quickly realized that a congregation can’t stand alone, and must therefore be a part of a larger brotherhood. The more I thought about it, the more the reality of an entire brotherhood being built looked feasible.
Now that I have a simple framework to build the rest of my model on, I’ve looked to start planning out the rest of the project. I figure to begin working on the rest of the project immediately.
In last week’s post, I ran down the list of accomplishments for the week, looking at the things we had begun to do in the planning of the 2010 Christian Acappella Music Awards. This week, I figured I’d write about the things we didn’t quite get a handle on, and our ability to reconcile those problems that are seemingly on the horizon.
In terms of show planning there is generally a sense of wanting to simply take the formula that worked and duplicate that over and over again. The shows in 2006 and 2008 were overwhelming successes in terms of planning and execution, and so there is that desire to place the same emphasis on those things that worked for us. The main problems with doing so are 1. The Logistics suggest that we’re playing with a different beast in Atlanta, and, most importantly 2. Show #10 has to be our best. I state point number two, not because it’s seems over the top, but because there really is no room for a slip up in planning or executing CAMA 2010. It really does need to be our best program.
I’ve begun to dissect the map of Georgia [click graphic to enlarge], breaking down every one of the 159 counties and developing a strategy for marketing in those areas that have the highest concentration of congregations. I plan to develop similar maps of Florida and Tennessee, though those will be secondary to the Georgia map and rely primarily on information that I already have stored. In the past 6 months I’ve been able to collect an extensive amount of information on churches in the South and Northeast regions of the United States and hopefully this will suit us in our future planning.
Now, going forward, there is a need to begin looking at the management of the promotions at The Southeastern Lectureship as well as some local marketing opportunities in Jacksonville in November and other concerts in the northern part of Florida. As I continue to develop the protocol for submissions for 2010, I already know that there will be 30 categories in 2010, including the Rubal Lifetime Achievement Award, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. Outside of those, I think every other category is in play at this point as we look at the best fits for 2010.
As I continue to redevelop the new Media guides for 2010, here are the guides from 2006-2008. They’re in PDF Format, for easy downloading
In addition, I also produced a first edition music ministry guide on the behalf of NACAMA that was not released. We decided to continue developing material and produce a greater volume. But here is what was created.
While I continue to attempt to build a strategy for CAMA 2010, I’ve also been looking for inspiration in the form of past materials produced. I would love to develop something extra special that will be well-received, but, we’ll see. Until then, here are the 2006 & 2008 Christian Acappella Music Awards souvenir booklets for you to enjoy.
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Well, after nearly a month of trying to put the final touches on this guide, I am finally finished. I’ve decided to scrap a lot of the plans I had for the booklet in an effort to keep to the main point of the guide which is to simply serve as a springboard to further creativity.
The Booklet is broken into several parts, the location analysis, the ministry models, and tips for ministry. Over the coarse of the past month I have been looking at various projects to take on that will hopefully build upon the ideas of this booklet, but for now, I am simply happy to cross its completion off of my list of tasks.
As with everything else I produce, I hope it will be useful.