Whiteboard 3 – New Worship Ideas

In this section of the whiteboard we brainstormed new ideas. We asked the question, “What can we as a community, or I as an individual, do to encourage powerful worship experiences?” People were encouraged to imagine money and resources are no object and that no idea is a bad idea. We responded by completing the second half of the question, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we…” I compiled the list below based on table leader notes and what was shared in group discussion along with what was written on the whiteboard.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we…

  • never do the same thing over and over
  • got rid of the bulletin (follow this link to see a church that has done this.)
  • we each had a binder to collect sermon notes
  • we had welcome packets for visitors
  • got away from the idea that missions have to be far away.
  • joined hands in corporate prayer
  • became known as a powerful, praying church
  • shared short 2-minutes testimonies and stories of how God is working in people’s lives and ministries
    • made video testimonies set to music
  • had more visual arts like drama and dance
  • more people joined the “sacred space” team to help decorate our worship center
    • we decorated the entire worship center and not just the stage
    • move the prayer altars from the balcony to the floor
  • had music testimonies
    • people singing solos
    • instrumental music
    • “special” music
  • had theme 242 nights (ie – dress up like a cowboy night.)
  • incorporated diversity in the styles of worship
    • African/tribal drums
    • an all acoustic band
    • southern Gospel
    • turn tables/drum machines
  • had a band with all types of different instruments
  • did once a month themed worship in different musical styles
  • made a CD of the worship team to pass out
  • saw everybody focused in worship
  • saw manifestations of the Holy Spirit
  • focused on the heart of worship instead of the art
  • ministered more to children and youth
  • worshiped in new ways
    • new songs
    • new prayers
    • new forms
  • worshiped 24/7
  • came hungry because we had shared Jesus all week
  • had everyone dance at the same time on Sunday morning
  • all got hooked into a small group
  • saw continuous revival
  • canceled church to go serve in our community instead
  • had an all-church mission trip
  • had Billy and Nate lead worship together
  • allowed worship to be uncontrollable and spontaneous
  • had an all church retreat
  • were open to God
  • slowed down and got comfortable with who we are
  • had a sermon blog
  • brought people to know God’s love
  • took God out of a box
  • applied what we learned
  • had a large amount of people in worship who did NOT participate fully. This would happen if we…
    • had a lot of new people visiting
    • had a lot of people here who didn’t know Jesus yet
    • had a large amount of new Christians who were learning how to participate fully
  • led community-wide worship
  • had a night of worship music and prayer
  • routinely received updates from missionaries we support
    • showed videos from our missionaries
    • read letters/email on Sunday
  • worshiped in different languages

The Next Step

The people of Chase Valley Church are being asked to pray over this list. All of these ideas are great but we can’t do them all at the same time.  Ask God, “What’s the best of the best of the best that you would have us do?” Pick the 3 most compelling ideas and email them in. Let’s keep the conversation going.

This is part 3 of a 3 part series on The Worship Round Table Responses

5 Responses to “Whiteboard 3 – New Worship Ideas”

  1. 1 alex mclean June 21, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    cool ideas billy – cool that you are starting a conversation! I’ll be interested to watch what happens.

  2. 2 Jan Owen June 22, 2008 at 1:27 am

    continue to keep us in the loop – this sounds wonderfully refreshing. Mind if I borrow your idea?

  3. 3 Billy Chia June 22, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Rock on – please do borrow. Feel free to adapt or change whatever suits your context. I posted everything in hopes that it would be a helpful resource.

  4. 4 Chris Martin June 22, 2008 at 7:23 am

    This is a really cool list.
    I’ll be using it!

  5. 5 Al Sr. June 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Great innovative work Bill !!!

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