In October at Duneland Community Church we are Crowdsourcing our worship services. Crowdsourcing, if you are unfamiliar with the term, is using a large group of people to generate ideas and development instead of using a few trained professionals.
Most of our worship services are shaped and formed by clergy. I am a believer in that method, in general, because shaping a worship service isn’t just about throwing some stuff together. It is a deeply spiritual and theological action. But, there is something that we often lose in this process when we don’t invite other voices regularly into the formation of what should be a community action. Liturgy, the rituals and forms that shape our services, literally means work of the people. Somewhere along the line we changed that to work of the professionals.
So in October we will experiment with moving back to a larger work of the people. We are beginning the process by asking for suggestions for topics for our sermon series. We especially want to gather whatever input we can from those outside the church. The question I am posing to my non-church friends is this, “If you were going to sit down and listen to one sermon what would it be about?’ We are hopeful for some insightful responses to this question that we can use as a springboard for the series. We are going to tackle three of these questions in individual sermons and then Josh and I are going to host a live, quick hitting, Q&A session for the teaching time in the last week. It should be loads of fun.
After we pick out the topics we will then come back to the crowd (that is you) for song recommendations, illustrations, art, prayers, and whatever else the voice of the people has to offer this effort.
We are excited to see what God can do through this time of listening and what new voices can be added to our worship.
So if you have suggestions, questions, or snide remarks (some of you specialize in the last) please offer them up.