Kevin’s Weekend Review: 8-16-09

The first part of the week, I attended a worship conference in Hillsboro, Oregon.  It was the Integrity Conference (“Deeper”) with Paul Baloche, Brian Doerkson, Kathryn Scott, etc… and it was AMAZING!  By the end of the conference I felt so excited for ministry; I was genuinely pumped for Sunday and wanted to share with my whole church all the things I learned.

So on Sunday, I did that: I opened up the service by simply sharing all the things that inspired and convicted me.  One of the biggest things was the idea of our church being a community and a family.  So, we spent nearly 20 minutes having “Family time”.  I’ve never tried anything like it before, but it went over surprisingly well!  I litterally had people get to know the person next to them and then I took the microphone around the church and had people share what God was doing in their lives.  It was great to see the response!

It was certainly a little risky, and I was a little nervous; but most of the feedback I got was positive so I think we’ll try it again sometime.  Here’s what our whole service looked like:

  • “Family Time”
  • Come, Now is the Time to Worship(Brian Doerkson)
  • Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
  • We Fall Down (Chris Tomlin)
  • Testimonies from the Clark County Fair
  • Glorious(this is a new song that Paul Baloche taught us at the conference.  It hasn’t been recorded yet so you can’t find it anywhere… but I really think this song has the potential to be the next “Open the Eyes of my Heart”!  After hearing it several times at the conference, I was able to pick up enough of it to bring back to church on Sunday… talk about cutting edge!)
  • Message: “Loving a Fool” Part Two (Jim Draper)
  • Closing video: “Cats in the Cradle” (this was in connection with Jim’s message on parenting)

There you have it!  For more weekend reviews, check out Fred McKinnon’s blog.  Have a great week!

Author: Kevin Kruse

Kevin is the Worship Pastor at Laurelwood Baptist Church. He attended Multnomah Bible College where he met his wife, Melanie. Together, they live in Vancouver, WA with their two daughters (Callie and Hailey), two cats (Bailey and Daisy), and their dog Lucy.

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