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Plan corporate worship experiences far enough in advance to encourage creativity and excellence, while always maintaining flexibility and allowing for last-minute changes and unforeseen circumstances.

Choosing the best elements. We welcome song suggestions and other creative element ideas from our leaders and church members. The “best” elements for us are not necessarily the most popular or trendy. Instead, we strive to combine elements that work best for our congregation and for the theme and goals of a particular service. We try to combine new and creative elements with familiar and favorite elements—all for the purpose of bringing glory to God and encouraging biblical worship.


Planning the best flow. As we plan, we carefully consider who should help lead and how much time is needed to prepare. Our goal is for worship services to have seamless flow—free of distractions or awkward transitions—from the opening element to the closing song or prayer. We try to think carefully through each transition and each element, “taste-testing” it in our minds well in advance.

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Prepare in Prayer. Pray God’s heart for His people each and every time you help plan services. Practice saying, “Lord this is Your service, so what do You want to happen?” Ask God to move in a special way – to personally touch hearts and heal wounds and bring His lost children home.

Stay attentive to new songs and creative ideas. Worship planners should be constantly on the lookout for songs and other elements that might work for our congregation. Make a habit of writing down ideas when you hear or see them or think of them. Watch YouTube videos, listen to Christian radio, discover new artists and music on Spotify—do whatever you can to bring fresh ideas to planning meetings.

Serve with heart, commitment, and excellence. We want you serving in your gifts and passions; in ministry that is an overflow of love and enjoyable to you. If this ministry is not a fit, if you would like to investigate a new ministry team, or if you need a break from serving for a season, do not hesitate to let us know. This is one reason we are here – to walk through life with you!

Smile and be happy. Keep a positive attitude when helping plan worship experiences. Planning worship services is serious, but it can also be serious fun! After all, you are serving the Risen King and His Church! “For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God” (2 Corinthians 9:12 ESV).


  • We try not to make major changes to the order of the upcoming weekend services after Thursday of that week. The worship pastor and assistant worship pastor can occasionally add a song after Thursday if a proven worship leader familiar with the song will be leading it. In this way we help assure consistent quality, preparation and scrutiny week to week of what is sung and by whom.
  • We meet on Thursdays with our music director, tech director and worship leaders to finalize details, song keys, loop arrangements, and transitions between songs and other service elements.
  • It should be noted that we value planned spontaneity and always want to be flexible to last minute changes if our pastor or worship pastor feels led by the Spirit to go in a different direction than we had planned in advance.

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