About this project
UPDATE: REACH GOAL
You guys have blown us away, and we are excited about finishing strong! Reaching our goal of $100,000 WILL allow us to finish what we have unpacked for you so far! THANK YOU! There is SO much more we want to do with the Worship Initiative once we hit our first mark, and will be unpacking the broader vision as the weeks roll on. We are wholeheartedly committed to sharing the Word of God through music, sooooo... If we hit our reach goal of $150,000- we want to do something special! Something that has probably been THE most requested thing in the last 10 years of our ministry...
We are going to make a PSALMS II record!
We will write, produce, record, and deliver it to you! Anyone who backs this WI project (at the $10 or above level) will receive (electronically) the PSALMS II record in February 2015! You will not only fund this project, but you get it before anyone else!
WATCH THIS VIDEO UPDATE FROM SHANE & SHANE:
THE WORSHIP INITIATIVE
For the last 15 years, God has not only allowed us to boast of Him through song, but He has given us the awesome privilege of pouring in to other musicians, songwriters and worship leaders around the world. These opportunities have ignited a fire of discipleship in our hearts.
Our mission is to launch an online resource to empower musicians to LEAD. A place that will be a JOY for you dive deep into what you are gifted and called to be. And, we need God’s grace and your help to make it happen. We have been working diligently for months; recording songs, making videos, and writing content that we hope will deeply encourage the Church. We have begun this journey in faith, but we're not there yet.
So as you tour this page, please consider taking the initiative with us.
Even if you are not a musician, you can support this project and receive new Worship Initiative (WI) worship albums that we (Shanes) recorded and produced.
The Worship Initiative will be a place where you will explore three things:
#1 CONSIDER YOUR CALLING
We will dive in together to what it means, according to God's Word, to glorify Jesus through song. We have a passion for the Scriptures. And a passion to help musicians, songwriters, and worship Pastors see the Truth of Who God is in His Word, and in light of that, walk in the freeing and equipping truth of who they are called to be in this life.
Here are the resources that will be constantly updated on the site:
-Bible applications / Study tools
-Review classes from acclaimed seminaries where you can dive as deep as you want to go in your study of the Word. It's a perfect resource for musicians who want to go deeper but who are unable to put their lives on pause just to study.
-Video podcasts: Our hope is that this will be a sweet place of refreshment for you and a practical tool to use to daily be washed in the water of His Word.
#2 CONSIDER YOUR CRAFT
We will be Instructing musicians how to use their gifts to lead worship effectively.
That includes song-by-song tutorials and videos for every instrument.
We have already recorded the tracks for 100 worship songs (it was CRAZY!) that you will have access to, much like a ready-made worship library. And we're already planning the next round. On top of the first 100 songs, we will release 10 NEW worship songs every quarter.
Lord I Need You
In Christ Alone
Open The Eyes of My Heart
The WI team is committed to an ever expanding catalog. Check out the songs we will have FINISHED before launch!!!
We also recorded over 700 videos (more to come!) to coach you through every part of the worship songs you are doing in church today.
On the website, EVERY song has a dedicated page. On that page will be:
1. Training videos (with chord changes) for every instrument played on that particular song.
2. Lessons in "B" (aka Shane "B") teaching "how to" play and lead that song.
3. Key changeable chord charts
4. Song player - on site streaming of all songs
5. Worship Set Builder - with printing and sharing capabilities
6. Scripture references for that song
7. Devotionals on topic with that particular song
Worship Initiative App for IPAD
We have partnered with Total Praisetrax who are in the final stages of creating the WI App…Its an amazing tool that you can use to practice and/or perform with. Its already in the beta stage and is BLOWING OUR MINDS! We have been dreaming about this for years and it is finally within reach.
Here's a little bit of what the app does:
1. Total control of each individual instrument
2. Plug in YOUR instrument in and play along! Crazy practice tool!
3. Use for live tracks! Choose whatever instrument that we recorded in the studio to add to YOUR worship band live.
4. Easily design the flow of each song. Need a longer intro? Then double it at the touch of a button!
5. Easily design a set list by using the App or import your set via Planning Center.
6. Choose your click track from the TPT internal metronome.
7. Control the level of song cues that will help the band stay on task throughout the whole song!
8. Song lyrics displayed in time with the song using airplay or a video cable.
We want you to be excellent at your craft and THE WORSHIP INITIATIVE (WI) can help you grow!
#3 CONSIDER CREATING
Are you a songwriter? Or do you want to be?
We've been working with students the past few years in a weekly songwriting class, and now we want to collaborate with members of our new tribe, The Worship Initiative.
Our vision is to equip people with the tools they need to write God glorifying songs. We will start with a 14 week class, taught by Shane B, that's available to everyone in the WI community. Shane will walk you through his process of writing devotionally, strumming patterns, and everything in-between. Our goal for this course is that all who participate would be encouraged in Christ, and out of His inspiration….CREATE.
Be a part of a songwriting community that is sharing songs, ideas, and sharpening each other on a daily basis.
We know that feedback is essential to songwriting. You will also be able to submit your own creation and the WI team will give you feedback and helpful suggestions. Although this is subjective, our commitment is to give you our honest opinion.
Songwriting competitions, anyone? We say, "Yes!" We plan to have monthly songwriting contests where members share their songs for peer/WI staff review and selection. Annually, we will invite the winners to the WI studio to record their song with our team. We'll promote the song by rolling it out to our global Worship Initiative members through the WI platform.
Our dream for The Worship Initiative is a big one...We have started the process of developing these tools and are realizing that the scope is much bigger and the expense is much larger than we expected. Even still, our heart is to make this resource as AFFORDABLE as possible! Once it launches, our goal is to make it possible for you to be a full on WI subscriber, with access to EVERYTHING on the site, for $10 a month!!! With God's help and yours, we are committed to make this a place that will richly bless the body of Christ.
Jump in with us and help make the Worship Initiative better than we could have ever imagined.
Risks and challenges
PRODUCTION & FULFILLMENT
We are already in full swing at WI. Our small but dedicated staff is compiling and editing content daily and the WI site is in the process of being developed at this very moment. We know that our dream is possible and are confident that we can finish strong! We have completed all the basic tracking and video capture for first 10 volumes. Editing and mixing this much content is one of the tasks that is still before us but we are up for the challenge.
The Volume 1 digital album is complete and will be sent electronically to backers of Reward packages 2-8 within 5 business days of this project being fully funded. The T-shirt design has been nailed down, shirts are currently in production and will be sent via USPS within 10 business days of the project being fully funded. All backers will be emailed that their reward is on the way. The Physical Collection of Volumes 1-10 (which will also be sent via USPS) and digital Volumes 2-10 (which will be sent electornically) will be ready for fulfillment by August 1st. All backers will be emailed that their reward is on the way.
For rewards that include digital assets like badges and memberships, backers will be notified by e-mail when the site is ready for BETA testing (open to core WI members). Our goal date for BETA is May 15th, 2014. The website is anticipated to be completed by August 1, 2014 for launch to the public.
If your reward includes an evening with us, we will be in contact with you to arrange a time that works for everyone a few days after the project successfully ends.
UPDATE: REACH GOAL
If we achieve our reach goal of $150,000- an electronic version of Psalms II will be sent to all backers who contributed $10 or more to this project. Delivery will be February, 2015.
We are thrilled with what we have finished thus far and cannot wait to share it with you. The calendar is cleared and the pace is set so we ask for your prayers and support. We believe with all of our hearts that this resource will equip the church in such a powerful way…Thanks for reading this and p.s. the helicopter was free! :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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