I mentioned recently that our worship team is embarking upon some pretty exciting stuff.  I’ve struggled with how to share our plans – in parts or all at one time, but for right now let me give you a couple pieces of the puzzle.  As our team has met together, our time has focused on one verse in particular.

Colossians 3:16 says: Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

I am very big on reminding people worship is all about God.  And that is true.  But in that glorification of God process, there is also a discipleship element.  This verse is shocking to me in some ways.  As Paul reminds his people to let the biblical message abide within oneself, he reminds us that we are called to teach one another – through worship!  Our worship should be so biblical and so memorable that it makes theology more portable.

That is why we are going to focus in 2012 that our worship ministry is going to focus on: discipleship.

We are in the process of writing, planning, and organizing songs for events, recordings, and training that we believe can further disciple our church body.  As I shared the ideas with our team, they were more than receptive, they were down right giddy.  We are planning on using our talents to the best we can to further illuminate our congregation to the truths of God’s Word.

There are many elements that are involved in it, but I can say right now that 2012 is going to take a different flavor very soon and I hope you will be surprised with some of the offerings coming your way.

Right now, I would love your prayers as our team is gathering together to pray, study Scripture, collaborate, write, and develop.  We want by the end of this year that our church is more grounded in the Word – through their worship.

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.