In March, 9 Fort Wayne area worship teams from various churches met to foster a community of worship that transcends each individual church. They began meeting last year after Tyler Nickols of Brookside Church and his brother, Craig, of Harvest Fellowship came up with the idea. The brothers reached out to their friend, Jordan Applegate, at Pine Hills City Church, and the three worship leaders brought their teams together to learn from one another and build community.
During the quarterly gatherings, the worship teams spend time socializing and worshiping together. Then, they divide into their respective areas–vocalists, drums, guitars, keyboards, etc. An experienced worship musician who can develop people and answer questions leads the breakout session.
When Tyler’s worship team needed more electric guitarists, he asked God to bring more musicians. Within a couple of months, God brought 3 more guitarists. During the following worship gathering breakout, Dontae Harris from Pine Hills Church, was able to work with the electric guitarists on accompanying worship, helping to continue to grow the team. He explained the best part about worship teams gathering together: “As children of God, we aren’t supposed to keep our best tricks of the trade close to our chest, so to speak. We are to share them without worry if other people are ahead of us.”