This energetic worship arts instructor at Trevecca Nazarene University says knowing why we do what we do may be the biggest challenge congregations face when it comes to that all important Sunday morning service.
In this interview, Prof. Daugherty shares worship trends and advice about how older congregations can grow younger.
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Heather Daugherty defines worship as having an encounter with God that sends us out into the world. Here are my notes from the interview:
Know Why You Do What You Do
Heather says it’s a common shortfall: for church leaders to assume that everyone knows what’s happening in worship and why. But too many times, too many people are clueless. How careful are we to remind people of the basics?
It’s another familiar faux pas – says Daugherty – that worship leaders get so handcuffed to an order of service that they’re unwilling, and unable, to shift direction when needed.
What Younger People Want
Heather says it’s 1) a place to belong, and 2) something they can live their lives to. How truly welcoming are we, then, and how articulate are we about the life-and-death importance of the Christian mission?
About Heather Daugherty
Heather Daugherty serves as both the Director of the Center for Worship Arts and the Director of Church Services as a part of the Office of the Chaplain Team at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Before coming to Trevecca, Heather served as the Associate Pastor of Wollaston Church of the Nazarene on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College. Her passions include worship, preaching, and the formation of the people of God. Answering her call to help equip those preparing for ministry, Heather teaches courses in the Center for Worship Arts, focusing particularly on worship design, worship leadership and intergenerational worship. She also has the opportunity to work with chapel worship leaders and the Worship Ministry Teams. She lives in Nashville with her husband Brad, daughter, Ella, and her son, Alistair.
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