By Mike Harland
We live in what some have called, “The Communication Age.” After all, almost anyone you meet is connected to the rest of the world by multiple devices and communication tools. We send updates about where we are and what we are doing in real time – with pictures. Our friends know where we are and what we are eating. It seems we have never communicated more with the world around us.
But are we saying anything?
I was visiting a collaborative workspace recently where all of the people were working in an open environment right next to each other. To create some privacy for conversations, speakers were installed in the ceiling that piped in “white noise.” And it works! The constant noise gave enough cover for conversations that the individuals could go about their work without fear of interrupting everyone else.
But, it also produced a problem. The setting protected the private conversations enough. But, it also made communication with the whole room almost impossible. All they could do was have “one off” conversations. The leader said he would have to go around the room and talk to everyone individually to tell them all the same thing.
If all we do here is add to the noise, then we’ve only created a distraction that could keep us from having the real discussions that everyone needs. Our intention here, on this blog, is to create another way for all of us to connect in a way that everyone can benefit.
At LifeWay Worship Resources, we use all these ways to communicate with the churches we serve. But we want to do more than just add to the cacophony of sound. This new blog site for Worship Leaders is just one more way to carry on that conversation.
The subject here is great leadership ideas for those that lead Worship Ministries in churches. That’s it. We’ll use other ways to talk about other things. Pastors, musicians, choir leaders, are all welcome here. This conversation is with and for you.
You’ll hear from leaders and practitioners from all over – including Brian Brown, Craig Adams, Ricky King… and yours truly. Even more important, we want to hear from you.
And hopefully, this conversation can cut through some of the white noise that plagues the dialog and bring us all into a conversation worth having.
Glad you’re here.