James reached a point in his ministry at Cheyenne Hills when he could not give personal attention to each and every member on his worship team. This kindled the idea to hand over some of this responsibility to trusted team members. Thus, creating a “leadership tree.” This team is assembled by volunteers who value heart-worship and desire to grow the worship ministry. They are responsible for recruiting, scheduling, and handling basic communication with their designated team members.
Congregationally Tailored Songbook
In his early years at Cheyenne Hills, James attempted to satisfy every person’s stylistic needs. He soon discovered how his attempt to please everyone ultimately hurt everyone. To solve this dilemma, he and a small trusted team came together to create a custom-built song book. This song book is made up of 30 songs and each song is selected based on biblical truancy and contemporary relevance. As James builds their setlists, he uses the songs only from this book. Damey says, “This has worked incredibly with the congregation,” allowing them to be extremely familiar with the songs and giving them the opportunity to experience authentic worship. Moreover, this songbook gives his band the opportunity to refine their musicianship every week.
Spiritual and Musical Growth
James Damey believes that every worship team will grow spiritually from spending time drawing closer to God. He demonstrates this posture by leading a weekly devotional with his worship ministry and picking a book or study to go through with his leadership team. Currently, his ministry is focusing on the topic of prayer via Dwayne Moore’s new book on prayer, HE. WE. THEY.
Musically, James provides their worship ministry with several resources that help his musicians to hone in on their skills. Some of his favorites are: worshipartistry.com, churchfront.com and worshiponline.com. These resources provide vocal tutorials, band tutorials, technical set up information, devotionals, and more. In his words, “Excellent musicians bring a congregation together when the music sounds good and people can worship without distraction.”
The Cheyenne Hills worship ministry has participated in ReFOCUS since 2019. Since then, they have been able to broadcast the online ReFOCUS experience and invite other churches in the area to gather and attend ReFOCUS in Cheyenne, Wyoming.