Our team has an incredible responsibility within our church to help create a picture of who God is through using the gifts and talents that we have been given. Within our church, the creative department encompasses many areas, not only worship music and singers, but filmmakers, artists, writers, youth & university worship teams, stage managers, theater enthusiasts, designers – all regular everyday people who choose to belong to this beautiful melting pot of people.
Sometimes I am asked why our team gathers weekly. Why is this a big deal? In this incredibly busy city, why is it important that our team make Thursday a priority?
We gather to rehearse and prepare for the weekends.
It is our firm belief that God deserves our very best. We have a responsibility to lead the church in worship as best as we are able. As a result, there is a need to practice, to steward our gifts and to learn how to better work together in a team.
Rehearsals allow us that opportunity. We make mistakes, modifications and continue to rehearse until we know that what we will bring on Sunday, as people gather to seek God, is the best we are able to. Our aim is that we want to play a small part in helping people to encounter God, and by getting better hopefully people are helped by what we bring, not hindered or distracted by it. That’s what excellence is — a commitment to bringing our personal best to the table and a commitment to ongoing improvement.
We gather because we love hanging out.
The truth is that our creative community actually likes each other. We find a sense of commonality in our quest to worship God with our gifts and talents. We find a commonality in our love for The Church, in our love for Jesus and in our love for the people of God. On Thursday nights we are seeking to build a community that makes a big church seem smaller – that places value on each person who calls Abundant Grace their home, and that allows everyone to find a place to belong.
We gather to inspire each other and instill courage.
On Thursday nights, we try new things! Sometimes it’s a new song, sometimes we try new ways of worshipping, or hear from artists endeavoring to capture beauty in a new way. We are inspired by pieces our writers craft, or moved by photos or music that our team is creating. Team Nights create a place where we can try things and fail, or try things and succeed, whatever way, we watch each other take steps toward becoming more and more creative. We find each other looking for words and ways to describe God differently to inspire worship and adoration from others. We want to find more and new ways to help people see that God is working amongst us and on the earth.
Gathering together shapes our culture.
At Team Night, we come together to worship. We are not performers on a platform, but people transformed by the love of God and living in response to this love, and we constantly remind ourselves of that! We listen to people within our team encourage us from the Bible and their own lives, which is causing leaders to rise up from within the ranks of our own team. We serve so that others may encounter Jesus, which is allowing people to realize that life is bigger than themselves and one of the greatest blessings in life is to give our lives away for the sake of others.
We laugh, we sometimes cry, we share life and hopefully little by little become more Christ-like. When we gather together we find ourselves united around a common goal, we are able to articulate why we do what we do and Who we do it for.