A Factory Model of Worship Ministry
By Jocelyn Hu
At Valley View Church, our vision for the worship and creative arts ministry is to be a "sculpturing factory." The analogy of a factory works especially well in the southwest area of Louisville, where our church is located. Many of our members work at the Ford plants or the major UPS hub nearby, so it's easy for them to understand and relate to this simple word-picture of our vision.
Below are some particulars, which help explain our "factory" model of ministry:
We have 3 "products" (or goals) that our worship ministry aims to produce:
- Quality worship services (based on Psalm 33:3)
- Quality worshipers (based on Matthew 28:18)
- Quality worship leaders (based on 2 Timothy 2:2)
The Lord, "the Author and Finisher of our faith," is the Chief Operator who directs the sculpturing process. He determines the speed of the conveyor belts and the pace that each "product" is produced. (After all, they're His worship services and His worshipers!)
We have strategies in place, which act as "conveyor belts" moving everything along. These strategic processes rarely change. We believe they are biblical, logical and effective in any situation to produce the results we need and strive for.
These are specific systems and processes along the conveyor belts, which our workers use to help them in their particular areas of ministry involvement. For example, how we run lights, sound and cameras and how our band rehearses are all part of the "machines" we need to produce quality worship services. While our strategies may not change, our systems do. Machines often need to be inspected and improved and occasionally even replaced. Thus, we are constantly working to improve our various systems through innovation, evaluation, orchestration and integration.
The leaders and overseers in our worship ministry are the factory workers. These are vital servants, which help lovingly and carefully develop our products. They work diligently within their assigned areas of our systems to keep the "conveyor belts" moving and working properly. Our dedicated workers are the life force of our worship ministry!
The Holy Spirit empowers the whole process of teaching, developing and sculpting worship services, worshipers and leaders. He is literally the engine, which drives our entire system (or "conveyor belts") along.
Perhaps this is a model you would like to adapt for the music ministry of your church. You are welcome todownload our entire Worship Ministry Manual, which explains in detail our strategies and systems at Valley View Church. And if you'd like advice on how to better organize your worship arts ministry, thencontact us about consulting. We'd love to help!
About This Column:
Building Strong Worshipers is a regular column presented by Pastors.com, in partnership with Next Level Worship, a ministry founded by Dwayne Moore that provides quality training resources for churches and church leaders. Go to NextLevelWorship.com for free materials and coaching for the Pastors.com community. The articles in this series are written by church leaders committed to intentionally training people about worship. Their churches are reaping the benefits-and they gladly pass on ideas and suggestions of how your church can too!