We know that the gospel message never changes, but the methods we have used to present the gospel over the years have changed. Different generations demand a different way to approach them, and new technological advances and social realities provide very different problems. We like to create strategic opportunities in each different social group of a community in order to present the gospel in an intentional way.
Churches will regularly conduct programs and different activities. The problem is when we do not understand what a program is and for what the program is designed. Oftentimes, we see churches and church leaders working hard to have VBS, camps, retreats or a one-day church activity. Once as I was training a group of leaders from a church, one of them asked me, “How can we run our youth camp better?” I asked him, “Why are you having youth camp?” His answer revealed the issue in so many churches, “Because we always do!” Sometimes, programs in a church become a tradition, and we do them because we have always done them. We love to train leaders about church programs, so they can understand how to better use them. If there is not a very clear and specific purpose for that program, we help them to see, create, and execute the program for that goal.
Music is a valuable tool for teaching doctrine and promoting worship in church. Many times, churches use different worship songs that sound good, but may not be very biblical or simply make people feel good about themselves! The point of the one-day training session is not to talk about Christian music in general, but to focus on what we sing in church. Did you know that many times a song can do more to teach the people than a sermon? When you sing a song over and over, the words stick with you. Oftentimes, people can quote more songs than Bible verses! This training aims to bring every music director or worship team member to evaluate the songs they sing in their church. Church music should bring our focus to Jesus, and teach the truths of God’s Word!
A lot of small churches do not have anyone in their church that can play an instrument. We help teach them to play some instruments and, if possible, try to get the instruments for them. It helps them to be more involved in their church, but also makes the church more attractive!