“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship” – A.W. Tozer

 

There is something deeply powerful when believers gather together to worship. It is why we devote so much of our time in our services to corporate worship. As Tozer points out, there is nothing like worshipping together that brings about a unity of heart and vision to a community. Throughout the history of Newfrontiers, worship has played an integral part in our journey together. Songs which were birthed out of encounter with God have shaped our understanding of Him and given a common voice to what He has been doing in and through us. As Catalyst develops, we have a growing sense that God is again wanting to use worship to unite us around mission and to give voice to the adventure He has us on. As we worship in Spirit and in Truth, we encounter a most loving Father and in His presence we are assured of who we are, whose we are, and we receive our commission to disciple the nations.

 

I am passionate not just about having great worship at our Festival and other large gathered events, but also that each local church within Catalyst is trained and equipped to lead our congregations effectively. We want to help each local worship team in our family of churches discover and grow their local expression of worship through personal coaching, based around the needs of individual worship teams, and though learning communities. We’ll be looking to do this in a couple of ways:

 

First up, we will be holding a Worship Learning Community on Saturday 11th May. This is open to worship team leaders and up to three of their key team members and will be a great opportunity to gather with other worship teams to seek God and learn from each other. I believe God is doing so much in the area of worship right across our family of churches and I am keen to provide an environment where we can learn from one another and be the best encouragers of one another. The day will consist of a couple of short TED style talks that will lead into time for worship leaders and their teams to develop growth plans for their teams. Instead of learning by listening, most of our learning will come from talking together, sharing ideas, and feedback with experienced facilitators. This will be a highly interactive day and one that I hope will be highly encouraging. The booking system for the learning community will be opening soon, but you can email tim.williams@newlifechurchmiltonkeynes.org to register your interest and to find out more about the event.

 

Secondly, off the back of our worship learning community we are looking to launch a number of online coaching programs. These coaching programs will provide worship team leaders an opportunity to develop the leadership of their worship teams and will focus on themes such as growing in the prophetic, building for larger teams, recruiting and training musicians, and building song writing communities. The coaching will take place over 4 sessions across a year, hosted by experienced worship team leaders. Again, interest can be registered at the email address above.

 

Finally, I would encourage you to check out resources from others within the wider family, especially the superb Newday Worship School, which is a great opportunity to inspire and equip your teams. No one person has all of the answers, but as a family we can learn from one another and grow together into everything that the Father is inviting us into, and I’m really excited to be on that journey with each of you.

By Tim Williams

Tim has responsibility for worship within Catalyst; supporting leaders and teams throughout the movement. He’s married to Maggie, and is based at New Life Church Milton Keynes where he’s an elder and leads one of their two sites.