I was poking around the Internet this week and I discovered this web-based worship organizer program. It looks really cool! It’s a monthly service that costs about $35 a month. I would use it to plan services, organize songs, and create musician assignments. The people on the music team would be able to go to this website and in a few clicks print out a service order which would include lyrics. Then they could get their PDF charts off the same site and even get access to song files to listen to the song. They could then go in to the calendar/schedule section and access their own personal schedule to see when they are assigned, and THEN they can even click on dates that they are unavailable or in one click they can send an email to a sub. This program even automatically sends email reminders to the musicians when they are playing a particular week. This program could seriously streamline my job, help me stay organized and up-to-date, and it would give the musicians enormous freedom to access music and be involved in their scheduling.
Some possible cons:
1. I have found that there are some people on the team who are extremely techno-phobic. They have mastered email, but if you ask them to do much more they start to sweat. I have grown up around computers and find computers safe and predictable (in their own way.) But, I know there are folks who find computers confusing and threatening. (Not to mention those folks who have no computer at all.) Would this program be user friendly enough for even the most technically impaired?
2. Some folks on the team put very little prep into their involvement on the team. They seem to just float into the rehearsals without any preparation and often fail to show up to things that they are assigned to. Would this program be heavily used by a handful of team members while everyone else would still expect me to be their mom, doing all the work for them, even though they would have this powerful tool at their disposal?
3. I spend too much time in front of the computer already. I could see this program helping me to speed up all of that so that I can do the more relational aspects of ministry, but it could also turn out to be computerized quicksand. Would I find myself mired in the technical details of getting this program to work for me while neglecting the flesh and blood work of ministry?
What do you think? Is it worth a try?