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Details to remember for your first worship service

Yes, the title is overly-long Google linkbait. But one thing I have been astonished with is just how many details there are that need remembered to plan for the first (or for that matter, any) worship service at a church plant. So, without any further ado, here’s my running list. I’ll update it as I remember more things.


  • Worship leader & musicians
  • Sound equipment
  • Sound technician
  • Recording gear to record sermon
  • CD for playing before/after service
  • Words for the songs (either song sheets, hymnals, or overhead projection)
  • Lapel/wireless microphone for pastor


  • Collection plates/buckets/box/whatever
  • Ushers
  • Counters
  • Treasurer
  • Budget
  • Receipts (donors will want receipts!)


  • Bulletin
  • Communion service

Children’s ministries

  • Nursery workers
  • Children’s church workers (if you have it)
  • Sunday school teachers (ditto)


  • Security
  • Clean-up crew
  • Set-up crew (if you’re packing in/out)

What items do you have to add?

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