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    Curious - if anyone plays with any regularity in a church's praise and worship band, and would not mind passing on some advice, please contact me via email..

    Need some guidance.

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    Hi Ken,

    in our very humble worship teams setup, we try to adher to the following:

    Understand that the reason you are playing is to honour God, not have a good jam, do some cool stuff on your instrument etc. If that happens in the pursuit of the first statement, that's great, but first and foremost is that thought.

    Us and Them. The Band and the Congregation. That's how some people see it, and it's wrong. The Congregation ARE the band too, they just don't show up for practices - it's impractical (ooh that's a good one!). I found it was important to include them in the prayers before the service - they are part of the band - you guys aren't playing for them as an audience, the audience is God.

    One of the Worship retreats we went on, one of the Worship leaders had done quite a bit of research into the historical aspects of music leading, and it transpired that it was an elevated priesthood, and as a part of your life needed to be treated with reverence. That was interesting for us musicians, who are used to being treated as something else altogether!

    Are those the sorts of things you are after? Or are you after more practical things in regards to playing in a Worship band?

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    the audience is God.
    Its along these lines....
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    You might be well served by this conference.

    http://www.christchurchnashville.org...conference.htm

    More info and schedule: http://www.christchurchnashville.org...ce_classes.pdf

    This will be my first year to participate as an instructor, but there are lots of people who teach who know a lot about this subject. Names you might recognize.
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    Thanks - passed this on to the Minister and the Worship team leader...

    No chance I could attend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireline View Post
    Thanks - passed this on to the Minister and the Worship team leader...

    No chance I could attend.
    It's a great event. Worship leaders who are also prominent writers/arrangers in the Christian music field are the ones in charge and teaching the classes. They enlist some real heavyweights, which are also friends of the church. It's very worthwhile and they might get a lot out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Julian View Post
    Hi Ken,

    in our very humble worship teams setup, we try to adher to the following:

    Understand that the reason you are playing is to honour God, not have a good jam, do some cool stuff on your instrument etc. If that happens in the pursuit of the first statement, that's great, but first and foremost is that thought.



    Cheers,
    Well said.

    I play for church as well. And I also find that it is helpful to consider yourself a "part" of the larger church as a whole rather than a seperate entity--i.e., the lead sax player, or "the choir". Ultimately what Tim said is right, you are part something much larger that has come together to worship, rather than make a name for yourself ( I am saying this because in my less mature years I was influenced more by a desire to be seen and heard, rather than submit my talents as an offering to God).

    And the more I focus on God, rather than myself, the more complete and fulfilling the experience becomes--both for myself and for the congregation from my experience.

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    Does Christ Church no longer offer these conferences?
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    Unfortunately, no. They were really something too. Lots of talent, lots of great instruction.

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    Does Christ Church no longer offer these conferences?
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    This could be a VERY good resource for you all wanting to help your church grow musically and such...

    http://inspireworshipconference.com

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