The season of Lent was just incredible across all of our campuses; everything from the music, to the testimonies, to the preaching helped lead us to the cross and the empty tomb. I am so grateful for all the hard work that went into this season by our entire church, staff and the congregation, WLC is truly an amazing place to serve as a pastor.
I am not sure if it was just a coincidence or not but during Lent I had several conversations with people wondering how we put our services together and if we buy something that is prepackaged or does the denomination provide the material. The short answer is that we put together almost everything from inside our worship department. So here is a high level look at how it all happens:
Each May taking input from the staff the pastors and a few others gather to plan out the preaching for the next year. As we pray about where God is leading us we try and keep a balance in our preaching by focusing our series on three areas; practical, exegetical, and doctrinal.
- While we believe that all of our series are practical, some focus more heavily on things like finances or relationships as we connect scripture to very practical issues, our Love Where You Live series last fall is a great example of a practical series.
- An exegetical series is more focused on a particular text or book of the Bible, our five year Covenant People series is a good example of an exegetical series.
- The third area is doctrinal and in these series we focus on a specific doctrinal area, like our Teach us to Prayer series focused on the Lord’s Prayer last year.
Once we have put together the big ideas for the year we begin to discuss them at a more granular level, working on ideas for titles, graphics, videos, sermon illustrations etc. and then we get to work on developing a series package. Kendall Johnson produces all of our sermon bumper videos and almost all the videos that we use in worship. Church member Gregory Rohm designs all of our graphics as a gift to the church. The pastors work on the messages so that whatever campus you are at you experience a similar message and the musicians do the same with the music.
Our worship department meets every Monday for almost three hours to work on ideas, to look back and to look forward; a lot of hard work goes into making our services flow in a way that incorporates a particular theme into the music, preaching and even design that you might see in a worshiping venue. All of it is meant to take the worshiper on a journey with Jesus, to put us in the way of the Holy Spirit so to speak.
Specifically on Good Friday and Easter we were able to experience the result of many hours of ideation and planning. I am proud of my team led by Joel Wetzstein who did an incredible job of bringing together all sorts of ideas to give us services that were built completely by our team all for the glory of God.
The next time you step into worship know that we do what we do to praise Jesus and that lots of prayer, thought and preparation have gone into making it an excellent God honoring experience where God receives all the glory and praise!
Do me a favor the next time you see Jyl Dunavan, Dean Dunavan, Kandi Chavie, Pastor Jon, Joel Symmank, Karl Grant, Kathy Jackson, Cheryl Butz, Vicar Geordie, Pastor Tim, Kendall Johnson, Gregory Rohm or our Director of Worship, Joel Wetzstein will you please tell them thank you and give them a word of encouragement for all that they do to help us worship!