Nigel Briggs tells the story behind the site…
A few years ago I was looking through the books on my bookshelf and I came across an old tatty worship book that I’d been given many years before. The front of the book was taken up with chord sheets of songs, but in the back there were literally dozens of worship essays. Things like ‘why we worship”, “Do people worship when I lead” “preparation for leadership” “leading worship in weakness” “So many worship songs…. so little time”. These little practical nuggets were invaluable to me back then, and formed a solid foundation not only to lead worship from, but also were vital in helping me develop the direction of worship in my church.
Looking through that book again recently. I was struck by how few of the songs we still sing, but how many of those early principles we still follow. I’m sure that at times we all think that we are doing something new and fresh, even radical (which indeed may be true), yet often at the heart of it there are values that stand as firm today as they have always done.
The Vineyard has always been known for it’s worship. The intimate ‘I love you Lord’ songs signaled a new expression of heart felt, poured out worship, that was radically fresh. From its earliest roots, the songs were an important expression and foundation of all that God was doing within the lives of ordinary people. I’m sure it’s no accident that God chose John Wimber (a talented and gifted musician and composer in his own right) to steward and shape what we call Vineyard worship today.
Our aim with this site is to share some of that deep heritage we’ve been given over the years with the wider worshipping community. We’ve pulled together some amazing contributors who have a wealth of experience to offer the modern worship leader. Some names you might know others will be new to you, as one thing we’ve tried to do is look for people who are serving in their local church week in and week out.
So, we hope that the videos, articles and numerous resources of this site will prove encouraging and an invaluable support for all those involved in worship.