The most effective way to use this training is to consider Andy as part of your church worship team. Working alongside your pastors, worship leaders and musicians, he can help develop the worship within your church to serve your congregation, and as such the programme should be seen as part of your church investment.
If possible, a suggested initial visit of one week (including a weekend) is recommended, with a shorter return visit in approximately six months in order to assess progress and to build on the improvements already made. A third and final visit nine months to a year later would complete the training and by this time your church will be able to successfully continue with it’s own worship development programme.
Further on-going consultancy or training could also be considered at this stage if required.
If this is not possible, then shorter programmes can be arranged. These could be anything from a single workshop at one church to a series of training days for a group of churches acting together.
These are the various training options:
Working on a long-term basis with your church and your worship team
This training programme would involve lots of hands-on learning experience in master class settings, enabling time to develop relationships and to address the real issues of your particular church. Such a programme encourages fast change at the beginning and then significant progress for the church as a whole.
Working occasionally with a group of churches or organisation
This would provide more general solutions, within which a team would gain effective and quickly applicable changes. However, this would provide less technical detail, involve less individual time (unless that was the only element selected) and the progress is less likely to be long-term.
Working once with a church or a group of churches
This would be more general in content and similar in style to ‘conference’ teaching. As practical training, it would rely more on the individuals drawing what they need from the talks and applying it themselves into an everyday experience. It would still be very constructive and a good place to start, but would be less of a guarantee for real and long-term progress.
The smaller the group being trained, the more specific to your setting the teaching can be made and, as a result, the more effective the outcome.
Please remember, this is not just a series of encouraging talks on worship, but an opportunity to provide training for your worship team in a master class setting that can be ‘tailor-made’ to address the specific needs within your own church situation. As such, it is helpful to calculate the budget by considering ‘investment per head’ for your team.
- 1-to-1 training and mentoring for your main/staff worship leaders
- Masterclass training for a small group of worship leaders (up to 6 people)
- General teaching on the principles and practicalities of leading worship for worship leaders (10 – 50)
- Masterclass practical training, production and advice for a worship group (up to 15)
- General teaching on the principles and practicalities of leading worship for music teams (10 – 50+)
- Teaching and demonstrations on worship for larger groups of interested people (50+)
- Meeting with pastors and leaders to advise on how to best work with worship teams
- Advice on sound equipment purchases and installation, with basic help for sound teams.
- Worship leading for the church to demonstrate the model and to teach the congregation and music team
WORSHIP TRAINING DAY
ALBRIGHTON SHROPSHIRE APRIL 2006
"Some feedback for you on the great day we had last week with a wide variety of delegates from different churches and backgrounds.
I don’t think Shropshire has had many, if any, opportunities to explore contemporary worship in such an open, fun and stimulating way.
Having attended your course in London several years ago I was convinced it was the right move to ask you to come and spend some time with us – so it was.
Those attending were completely absorbed and told me that they had so much to take away with them. I felt revived the next day at our services, loved ‘my’ congregation and we worshipped the roof off. (I hadn’t realised how much I needed to revisit my approach –it can be a lonely furrow sometimes). Newer members of the team were obviously inspired.
It’s relatively new to the churches in this area to consider paying for courses like this but I’d say that changed on Saturday and, unanimously, it will become part of our resource planning for development of our worship attitudes and gifts.
We have to give our best to God and His Church, in summary it was a time of reflection, learning, fun, prayer and fellowship. Everyone pressed us for another day in 6 months - so Andy, God willing we look forward to seeing you again in the Autumn.
Thank you and thank God for our wide community."