“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
The Worship Ministry is designed to encourage and help believers in authentic worship of our Savior. We view music as a vehicle to worship Jesus, but it is not the only vehicle. Ultimately, our goal is to worship in community through the Word, music, art, prayer, and service.
Glorifying God with everything we’ve got, one of the most important goals for the Worship Arts Ministry is to actively engage and participate in worship of our living Savior. There is joy in Christ! And there is joy in fellowship. These two elements we seek to combine every Sunday as our church body gathers together, under the bond and unity of Christ, and give our praise and adoration to our Lord.
While worship is a unified, community event, another goal we have is to understand the reality that worship is a personal experience. We all worship Christ in our own way. Some seek quiet solitude and prayer; others enjoy being engaged emotionally through music. Still others connect to the intellectual truths of scripture. Or perhaps even the order and beauty of nature. All of these are wonderful, natural ways that we can worship God; and our goal is to enable the believer to worship in their own personal expression.
A final goal of the Worship Arts Ministry is to be relevant in an ever-changing society. Being intentional in our message and progressive in our worship is important to maintaining a well-balanced ministry. While there is need for tradition and uniformity, it is also important to never grow stagnant and to even embrace change. This can be done through new styles, new songs, new mediums… new ways of understanding ancient truths… new ways of touching the Father’s heart. Our God is a creative, beautiful God who loves His children. Our appropriate response is to never grow spiritually or emotionally complacent in our acts of worship to Him.
If you share a similar passion, we want you! Whether you sing, run sound, or work on video, you will be vital to this ministry… we truly are the body of Christ; and we need hands, feet, and everything in between! Feel free to contact Kevin Kruse.
Worship Vision for Laurelwood Baptist Church
“Responding Rightly To a Right Understanding of God”
1. Our understanding of worship begins with a right understanding of God. Without knowing who GOD is, it is difficult to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4).
2. We gather for church not to be entertained, but to respond in faith and obedience to God with praise, adoration, reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28). The goal of the worship service is to point the congregation toward God in His fullness and offer our appropriate response (Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
3. The Bible shares many forms of worship: prayer, giving, fellowship, sharing, Bible- eading, preaching, singing, making music to God, etc. (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; 2 Chronicles 5-7; Psalm 150). These different expressions of worship enhance our understanding and appreciation for God; therefore we believe they should be a part of our worship services.
4. During a service, the role of the worship leader is to prayerfully plan, model, and instruct believers in acceptable worship. Part of this process includes both preparing for the service and removing distractions or barriers that may arise to prevent us from hearing from God and responding rightly to Him. (2 Chronicles 5:11).
5. The Bible and God’s revealed character – including His good creation – encourages a variety of styles, traditions and musical instruments used for the glory of God. This indicates that many styles, traditions and instruments are indeed good and of value (Psalm 33:1-3; Psalm 19:1-4).
6. It is easy – especially in our “consumer-mentality” society – to approach church with our own desires, preferences, or expectations (Isaiah 6). We therefore believe it is important to experience different styles, traditions and instruments which allow believers to examine their own heart and learn to worship with a right understanding of God. If only one style or tradition is used:
- People may be incorrectly led to equate that style or tradition with acceptable worship.
- If the style or tradition always matches a believer’s personal preferences, they may not be able to tell if they are worshipping God or simply enjoying the music or styles they personally like.
- If the style or tradition never reaches a believer’s preference or background, they may become discouraged from practicing joyful worship.
- There is no opportunity to practice unity with believers who may have a different style, which may present problems when working with other believers locally or cross-culturally.
- There is less opportunity for discussion, sacrifice and appreciation of the views and preferences of others, which is a necessary aspect of fellowship.
- We risk raising up a generation entrenched in a certain style or tradition, rather than one established with the right heart attitude.
For more information, please contact Kevin Kruse