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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

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Jamie was born and raised in Florida as a preacher’s kid. Since age 14, he has been leading worship pretty much every Sunday of his life, experiencing all of the joys and trials of church ministry. For over 10 years, Jamie has been writing at his blog, Worthily Magnify, in the hopes of helping worship leaders lead better. In 2006, Jamie married Catherine, and they now have four wonderful kids: Megan, Emma, Callie, and Jacob, who keep them busy, laughing, praying, and very grateful to God.