by Josh Turner
The Territorial Worship Collective (TWC) is a new initiative made up of talented praise band members, ages 13-25, who play in their corps and/or divisional praise bands. Its purpose is to develop corps leaders and musicians, strengthen existing praise bands and equip new ones, share ideas and foster a larger community of musicians across the territory. This spring the TWC met for the first time, spending a weekend at territorial headquarters developing their skills as worship leaders through group rehearsals, individual practice and spiritual renewal.
Guest Simon Gough, contemporary music specialist in the Canada and Bermuda Territory, offered his insights into rehearsal strategy and praise band leadership. With more than 20 years of experience, Simon teaches, resources, inspires and equips worship leaders to hone their craft of being a servant worship leader. During the weekend, the Central territorial praise team, The Singing Company, also provided leadership and mentored the young worship leaders.
The TWC split into two groups for rehearsals on Friday night but united for a worship service, which included a devotional by Territorial Program Secretary Lt. Colonel Philip Maxwell and fellowship with the Territorial Youth Chorus (TYC). Saturday morning the TWC groups continued rehearsing, learning new songs and arranging music for praise bands; each group also showcased their work. In the afternoon, Simon walked all delegates through two curricula he helped develop called Worship Together and FLOW which aid worship leaders developing their skills and ability. On Saturday evening, the TWC and TYC enjoyed a concert by Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac at the Sears Centre, and on Sunday morning they came together for worship and spent time encouraging and praying for each other.
TWC has taken its first steps in encouraging and developing the territory’s future worship leaders to grow spiritually and strive for excellence. It will be exciting to see the difference it makes for individuals and corps throughout the territory.
Worship Together and FLOW are available for free at www.samagacb.com/worship-leaders