Thank you!

If you are reading this, chances are you either already are or soon will be serving as part of the worship team here at Anchor. We appreciate your willingness to use the talents that God has blessed you with to exhort and uplift the body of Christ. Our prayer is that every time we come together to worship as a group, our only focus would be to magnify our Savior and honor Him with everything we do. 

Laborers Together,

Jeremy, Louie, Joel and Polo

The Reason For Change

Before we begin, a quick note about the why behind using the number system instead of the chord sheets we've always used.

Quite simply, it comes down to stewardship and flexibility. From a stewardship standpoint, we will vastly reduce the number of sheets we have to print (or number of files, if you've gone the electronic sheet route). As to flexibility, we have multiple vocalists and they don't all sing every song in the same key. The number system will allow us to use one sheet for all keys or even if there are key changes within the song.

Since we've already covered Why, let's do a quick rundown of the rest of the interrogative paradigm.

Who needs this information?

Anyone playing a pitched instrument in the worship team (that's everything except drums). Vocalists, though not directly impacted, may find the information useful particularly when singing a harmony part.

What are we changing?

Instead of chord names (letters), chords will be represented by numbers that are based on the song's key.

When are we changing?

As soon as is practical. The change will be in stages, as new sheets have to be created.

Where will the new sheets be stored?

Most likely either Google Docs or Google Drive. If you're currently serving on the worship teams, you should already have access to our Google Drive for the music team. If you don't or you have recently joined the worship team, please let Joel know so you can get access.

One final note before we dig in. This is not intended to be a full music theory class. The intent is to provide any musician with the basic information they need to be able to play music from the new charts. If you have questions that are not addressed in this material, please contact Joel Hare.

Know Your Limits

This material is intended to be as concise and engaging as possible. Having said that, don't feel like you have to do it all at once. There is a lot of information here and if you start feeling overloaded, it is far better to take a break and come back later than to press on and get more frustrated and overwhelmed (like the little guy on the right). 

It's also very important to realize that there is almost always a learning curve when you change the way you do something. Regardless of how fantastic you are at what you currently do, throwing a new process in the mix can make you feel like a beginner again. This is normal and it will pass. 

The more you use the new process, the easier and more familiar it will become. Give yourself permission to make the mistakes that will undoubtedly happen. Just recognize that each time you use this system, you are getting better and will eventually get to the comfort level you had with the previous process.