I am blessed with opportunities with multiple churches to be asked to come lead their congregations in worship. Some are startup churches without established worship pastors/leaders, some are in a transition period and need a worship pastor/leader for an interim basis, some have established worship leaders/pastor but need to fill a void for just one Sunday, and some may just want something different. Regardless of the reason, it brings in a whole new dynamic to my bag of tricks.
In this new dynamic, I have a new group of musicians, vocalists, stage crew, media, sound, and back-pew song critiquers to work with. Rarely can I take my own musicians with me – so getting everyone on the same page when we have likely never met face-to-face nor are we likely to meet prior to service makes things difficult.
In general, I use tools like Planning Center and WorshipPlanning.com (got worship? Media’s two favorite Worship Planning softwares) for planning, organizing and communicating to musicians and vocalists and beyond. These tools are great for established worship leaders at established churches and I highly recommend them…but what is our there for travelling worship leaders/pastors who need to communicate with individuals for a one-time basis at multiple churches?
What ideas do you have for a free way to make communication and song distribution easy between a group of vocalists, musicians, media, and creative types who have never met to keep them all on the same page until they meet for the first time on a Sunday morning? Got any thoughts?
Ready? Set? GO!