The New Band & More Trips

I’ve not posted for a few days. I was out of town for the first part of the week and my host didn’t really have a good iNet setup. So, I’m back home and here I am. What do I have to say?

We had our first joint rehearsal tonight with the merged bands in the new merged church. It was quite an experience. We had our full band and singers, plus one singer and one electric guitarist from the other church. Plus their worship leader. I believe it will work out well.

As we rehearsed, I heard a few things that I probably would have changed had it been my band… but it’s not anymore and I did not feel it my place to do so. This is now Jackie’s baby and I want her to proceed as she likes. My taste in arrangements is not what’s most important. The final sound will be good and God will be praised. That’s all that really matters.

I am returning to Midland soon with my family in tow. It will be my third trip in four weeks, but their first. I am anxious for my children to see Midland. They have great anxiety about moving away from Corpus Christi and I want them to experience their possible new home before they actually arrive to move in.

When we moved from Tennessee to Texas, we did not tell them (the kids) until 2 weeks before moving day. We thought it would be better not to worry them. Boy was that ever a mistake. It traumatized them. So this time they have known that we might move since the day I learned the same. They are still pretty emotional over the whole thing, but at least they’ve had time to process it.

During our next trip there, we hope to let them get a good feel for the town. Sherri and I have several sets of interviews we must go through, but we also have lots of free time. We will check out Midland Christian School and see what that’s like. I believe they even have a game on Saturday afternoon so Ashley can see the marching band. We also want to check into some dance academies.

I’m not sure what Austin will want to see yet. And I don’t know if we want to look for a house or not. We may be forced to rent for a while until we can sell our house in Corpus.

More later…

Worship Center Refit

I am flying back to Midland this Sunday afternoon. If you’ve read any of this blog, you may have caught the fact that I filled in for Kevin Riggs as worship leader last weekend at Golf Course Rd Church of Christ in Midland. It was a wonderful experience.

Golf Course is going through a building program called “Kingdom Now.” They are adding an entire new state-of-the-art children’s building. Along with that, they have dedicated $2 million for a refit of their worship center.

Kevin Callahan of Callahan Studios is coming down for a day long retreat. He specializes in creating worship spaces that reflect an “ancient future” feel. Many churches are shooting for the concert hall approach. Callahan Studios approach the whole thing very differently. Read through their site and see what I mean.

Anyway, I have been invited to attend the meeting. Sort of an outside viewpoint, so to speak. I am looking forward to it.

Worship in the Land of Mids

This past weekend I had a wonderful opportunity, one that I hope to repeat. Kevin Riggs, the Worship Minister at Golf Course Rd Church of Christ in Midland, TX took the weekend off to go to the Zoe Conference in Nastyville. He invited me to fill in for him in his absence. I gladly accepted.

What a great place Golf Course is! My wife grew up in Midland and at GCR and we were aware of some of the old “baggage” from years back. It was good to see that this church has grown from their experiences and come out better for it.

There are still a good number of singers present who came together under Ken Young to form Hallal Ministries. Since Ken’s departure, Kevin has gone about building the worship ministry and adding new singers. I believe I may have worked with 2 or 3 singers from those days, but everyone else was new. My weekend team of 8 did a fabulous job, especially when I tended to “stray” from the melody and fill in holes.

It was a joy to work with talented singers who respond to direction. I anticipated working through the music and making lots of corrections at our Saturday night rehearsal. I bet I only did 1/3 of the work I expected to do.

Kevin allowed me to work up the worship order for the morning. I included a good mix of arrangements by Keith Lancaster, Zoe, Hallal, and a couple of my own. For those interested, here was the order:

Shout Hallelujah (F)
It’s All Right / Just a Little Talk (G/Ab)
At the Name of Jesus (Ab)
We Trust in the Name (Ab)
(Transitional prayer)
I Need Thee Every Hour (A)
Prayer Time
Turn My Heart O God (C)
Think About His Love
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
(1 vs old melody)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (new melody)
Had It Not Been The Lord (G)
This World is Not My Home (G)

Resumes and Airplanes

Not much to say today. I’ve sent out a few more resumes to churches I’ve found online. If something came out of those, it would be a God-thing, because these are totally cold-call situations.

I am flying out Saturday to another church to fill in for their current worship leader. He is going to the Zoe Conference. It should be a lot of fun. This particular church has a long history of great singers. They have four worship teams (that’s 32 singers) that rotate throughout the month. I look forward to it.

I am eager to hear back from the first church I visited. They have told me I will not learn of my standing until after Oct. 15. I believe they have someone else coming in to interview for the position (Chief of Staff). I’ve learned that since my interview, the teaching pastor (pulpit guy) has resigned, so that makes two positions open. I know of a third who will be resigning soon, so that will make things very unstable for the time being. This is a great church, averaging 100 baptisms each quarter. I pray that God will continue to sustain them through these tough times.

More later…