This Sunday I helped lead the praise team that launched the new Contemporary Worship Service at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, TN.

This was a new venture for the church which offers three traditional services on Sunday in a traditional sanctuary. We set up a stage and sound system in the gym. It was similar to a portable church or church plant situation.

The turnout was fantastic as the gym was filled both with people and the presence of the Lord.

It was a wonderful new beginning.

We opened the service with this video, We Are Here:

Here’s the inaugural setlist:

  • Prelude: Everlasting God (during countdown)
  • Welcome & Video: We Are Here
  • You’re Worthy of My Praise
    • Responsive Reading: The Greatest Commandment, Matthew 22:34-40
    • Spontaneous Antiphonal Singing
  • Holy Is The Lord
  • Mighty To Save
  • Message
  • As It Is In Heaven
  • Everlasting God
  • How Great is Our God (chorus only)

One thing I’m trying to do within the worship ministry is establish a culture of debriefing, where we can celebrate the win, evaluate and get better.

The four questions of debriefing are:

  1. What was good?
  2. What was not good?
  3. Was anything confusing?
  4. Was anything missing?

I know one challenge moving forward is establishing systems for the set-up and breakdown for production/audio / video every week. It’s quite labor intensive. Suggestions anyone? Share in the comments.

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Question: Have you been part of a new church service or a church plant? What was it like? We love comments!