Posted by Duncan Reid on 6 August 2018

Musicianship10 Worship Apps Are Here To Stay – Embrace It!

 

As the world continues on its technological revolution this spills over into the church, and how we facilitate all the areas of our work. Our research shows us that 27% of WeAreWorship users are uaing an app to lead most weeks, with a further 27% of us are using them sometimes. To find out m,ore about the trend towards digital in worship leading we spoke to the team over at Power Music about how they have experienced a shift in the last few years in the way that worhsip leaders are approaching leading on a Sunday.

How we moved from the ‘Why?’ to ‘How?’

The term ‘Worship apps’ coves a wide range from song projection to worship backing tracks, but here we are looking at replacing paper music with digital music. Looking at a screen instead of paper.

There has been a dramatic change in the last 10 years, which Power Music have experienced first-hand while demonstrating at events around the world.

They sat that the reasons for this are two-fold:

  1. Huge advances in hardware: cheaper, more powerful, lighter, reliable, portable.
  2. The use of computers taking over all areas of our lives.

Computers are now a part of everyday life. When was the last time you went out without your mobile phone? It’s not just a phone, is it? It is your address book, camera, calendar, clock, calculator, web browser, your contact with the rest of the world and instant knowledge at your fingertips. It is not so long ago that people were using a mobile phone as – a mobile phone! We had digital cameras for photos, the internet on our computers. Why would you want these on your phone?

What starts as an apparent ‘gimmick’ soon becomes a necessity.

It is the same with worship apps. An app is a tool, it is your assistant. It is not a gimmick.

When they first started demonstrating Power Music in 2007 the biggest part of the demonstration was trying to show the ‘why’. Every other area of paper use had been replaced by computer. People used word processors, calculators, eBooks, PowerPoint but the musician still used paper. Churches were gradually moving over to lyrics projection for the congregation, but it didn’t seem to occur to the musicians that they could do the same with music. ‘What’s wrong with paper?’ they said.

Since the arrival of the iPad in 2010 these demonstrations gradually changed focus from ‘why’ to ‘how’. Power Music no longer needed to convince people that music on screen was ‘a better way’. People understand.

Now people want to know ‘how’ they can use apps – which app to use? Which hardware platform to use?

That is another story, but the main point here is that an app is an assistant. It will not take over your role, it will not complicate your role – its sole purpose is to help you.

Worship apps are here to stay – have you embraced them yet?

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