How do you keep your worship services fresh after 5, 10 or 15 years in the same church? What do you think about when you lead a congregation filled with world class musicians?
I was wondering some of these questions and so I reached out to my friend, David Hampton, to get his insights on these questions and several more.
David Hampton has been the worship director for Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN for over 16 years. He has worked with Founding Pastor Scotty Smith that entire time.
I’ve recorded this interview as two short podcasts. You can hear by clicking on the links.
Part 1 – View this portion of the video:
0:01 – Connecting the dots between life and worship. David blogs weekly to help people prepare for worship. He gets real about his own life. See David’s blog here. It’s called a Rock in My Shoes o
3:37 – Planning for worship as a community. Pastor, elder, worship director and other staff (admin, a/v, etc…). Pastor defines what he wants to have people leave knowing. Since the bulk of their singing happens after the sermon, its important to be able to respond well to the sermon.
6:12 – Worship planning from start to finish. Avoiding disposable elements of worship.
Part II – Hear the 2nd half of the interview here
0:01 – Leading worship that engages non-artists.
3:50 – Some books that have helped in his spiritual journey. David finds reading outside of the tight realm of worship helps him in his cultural exegesis.
The books mentioned by David:
Anne LaMott’s Bird by Bird
Nicholas Wolterstorff – Lament for a Son
Benyamin Cohen – My Jesus Year
Daniel Pink – A Whole New Mind – Cultural writer
Two new songs mentioned by David are:
What thoughts do you have from these lessons?