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How to Evaluate a Multi-Faceted Worship Ministry

Worship Ministry

When I arrived at Truro Anglican Church two years ago, my hope was to “hit the ground jogging.” Silly me. By the end of my very first day at work, I was simply overwhelmed by all of the moving pieces, different volunteer groups, needs, demands on my time, and weekly/monthly/yearly deadlines and expectations.

My question then, and my question now, even two years into the job, is: How can I move beyond just simply maintaining a ministry, but actually leading it and helping it grow, in multiple areas, with different needs, all at the same time?

The answer is a combination of many things: lots of prayer, listening, delegating, meetings, planning, administration, meetings, constant volunteer recruitment, thank-you notes, apologies, meetings, building a good team, laughter, clear communication, meetings, and a realistic recognition that you just can’t do everything and you just can’t please everyone.

I thought it would be helpful to share a bit of the scope of the worship and arts ministry that I help lead: 

1. Weekly services

– 7:30 a.m.

– 8:30 a.m. (or 9:00 a.m. in the summer)

– 11:15 a.m.

– 5:00 p.m.

2. Church-year services

– Carols by Glowstick

– Lessons and Carols

– Christmas Eve (two family services and two big evening services)

– Christmas Day

– Epiphany (featuring a family-oriented [no pun intended] three wise men pageant)

– Ash Wednesday (family service and evening service)

– Palm Sunday

– Maundy Thursday

– Good Friday (noon, family, evening, extended worship)

– Easter Saturday (occasionally)

– Easter Sunday

3. Other congregational events with a large worship and arts component

– Retreats (men’s, Alpha, parish, choir)

– Annual congregational meeting

– St. Paul’s Theological Center (runs two-three times per year, six Saturdays in a row, each requiring worship leaders and AV support)

– Weddings

– Funerals

– Alpha

– Monthly staff communion

– Weekly staff meetings

– Genesis Arts Camp

– Miscellaneous