|WORKSHOPS & CONSULTATION
Involving a creative blend of conversation, teaching, and music-making,
A Cross Between's informances are a special way to communicate
and build partnerships. We want your artists, leaders, and congregation
members to own any new ideas we generate. So, we'll come to your sanctuary
or worship space, pull up some chairs or a spot on the floor, get out
our instruments, and explore music for worship together. Possible topics?
Here are a few (we'll also develop custom informances to meet your specific
- Style: God’s Blessed Creation, Our Potential Worst
This informance is especially geared for those who want to address
and minimize the “worship wars,” while fostering good
relations between differing musical viewpoints.
- Hymns, Songs, and Spiritual Songs
This is a spin-off of A Cross Between in concert, and works
beautifully as an informance. We sing and play all kinds of musical
forms—a healthy blend of all the best—while exploring
God's truth, Biblical and other texts, and their appropriate uses,
and we do it together in a group setting. We can follow this informance
with a corporate worship service led by your own worship artists.
- Artist Training
The church is filled with all levels of musical artists. Many are
capable musicians, some come with just a heart to serve, and some
have both qualities. Using our knowledge and expertise, we can offer
your choir, music team, worship band,
soloists, keyboard players, organists, readers, and dramatists cohesive
hands-on help in planning and executing worship. This training can
and should include pastors and "platform" people who want
to develop a better understanding of the dramatic aspects of worship.
Covering a broad range of topics, we present informative teachings
on matters that will enliven and educate both lay artists and church
leaders. It’s often those on the platform—worship leaders, musicians, and other artists—who need nourishment
and expertise in the following:
- Knowing the Word – Thinking Correctly, Talking Clearly
5 as a springboard, we explore the need for grace and care among
musicians and worship leaders. This seminar also discusses the use
and meaning of “buzz” words, which are often filled with
emotion and can lead to misunderstandings. Many folks don’t
even know how to define worship! We help everyone come to a mutual
understanding of the term, based on Biblical examples.
- Emergent Worship Arts
This seminar is a must for every church seeking to understand artists,
build new programs, explore diversity, and embrace a broad view of
the dramatic and musical gifts expressed in worship. Using Tom Long’s
“church of the third way” theory, we round-table discuss
what key ingredients of a worship service lead to growth and maturity
among all participants.
- Culture or Conflict?
Many church leaders are promoting the idea that worship should reflect
our culture—to help congregations feel comfortable with the
church and not like they’re aliens in a strange land! This idea
has some merit, but it needs to be discussed and owned with dignity
and grace. A Cross Between believes there are elements of
modern day culture that can influence what we do, but we also believe
it is essential to maintain a sensitive balance between “cutting
edge” ideas and time-honored ideals that are foundational to
the church. Let’s talk about it!