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My Grand New Adventure

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 in Featured Slider, Leadership, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

H ello Readers, This is more of a letter than a blog post but I wanted to let you know about a major new development in my life and ministry. I pray that reading about my journey will lead you to reflect on where God has taken you and where He might lead you in the future! First some history. I never planned to be a worship pastor. I didn’t plan to be in occupational ministry at all, really. I graduated from Mid-America Christian University with a Secondary Education degree and taught...

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All This Stuff about Worship & Millennials

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured Slider, Leadership, Resources, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

It seems the blogosphere (and hence my Facebook wall) have been swarmed of late by members of the up & coming Millennial generation who want to inform church leaders how they should be “doing church” to attract “people like us.” Yes, I’m a member of said generation and, yes, this is yet another post on that subject. Only, I’m actually wanting to point you to the best, most reliable article I’ve found on the subject. But before I get to that,...

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Are You Rushing Your Church’s Response?

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 in Featured Slider, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

The preacher closes his notes, says a prayer and walks off the stage. Then what? God’s Word has been read and your church has just been challenged–hopefully!–with how it applies to their life. So what happens then? I can tell you what used to happen at our church and what happens in many churches like ours: We sang a song and went home! No time to waste. Everything pointed to the sermon and when that was over, everything was over. And then I read the ol’ book written by...

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Product Review: New Pick Holder Solution

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 in Featured Slider, Tools | 0 comments

It’s the bane of every guitar player’s existence: the infamous pick drop. Option A: Attack with a whirlwind of fingernails. Option B: Awkwardly bend down to get it. Option C: Buy one of those spare pick solutions that attach to a boom stand. And how about this dilemma: the need to fingerpick and strum on the same song. Option A: Turn that quarter rest into a whole rest to allow for picking up and setting down. Option B: Stash it between two fingers and survive with only 4 useable...

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A New Template for Planning Worship Services

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Featured Slider, Resources, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

Is there any rhyme or reason to your planning? Or is every song set a new adventure with no real way of assuring consistent balance and depth?  I fear it is all too easy for worship planners to fall into a pattern of either oversimplifying (by simply picking a few songs with little thought to why) or overcomplicating (by becoming obsessed with theming). As I’ve mentioned before, I became disillusioned with planning my services exclusively around sermon topics. But I’ve long desired...

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The Surmountable Challenge Facing Churches Using Hymnals

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 in Featured Slider, Worship Ministry | 5 comments

Let’s face it. Our society has changed drastically in a few ways over recent decades. I suppose technology is the most obvious and dramatic change. I mean, who would’ve dreamed in the 90′s that cell phones would become what they now are? Another change that may only seem obvious and dramatic to those of us living in the blue collar worship ministry world is the shift in musical know-how. The art & science of music was once widely taught in our culture: in schools, in...

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End It.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Featured Slider, Leadership, Resources, Tools, Worship Ministry | 1 comment

Welcome to next week’s post because today is February 27th, 2014–also known as “Shine a Light on Slavery Day” for those who are in it to End It. Tonight, I’ll turn on my sound system in my cozy church building and make beautiful (hopefully!) music to God with my team. Meanwhile, there will be people who are experiencing their own living hell in that moment. To worship God comfortably but continuously avoid, ignore, and show apathy toward justice and mercy and...

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Why You Should Stop Avoiding Your Sound Booth!

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 in Featured Slider, Tools, Worship Ministry | 7 comments

Look, I get it. I really do. Some of you love making music but couldn’t care less about the technical ins and outs of a sound system. Words like Gain, Phantom Power, EQ, Gate, Compression or even Reverb make your eyes glaze over and roll. The mere sight of all those knobs and faders on the sound board is enough to give anyone a headache, right?! I have to admit, I was in your shoes for many years. I love playing guitar. I love singing. I love leading a band and a church in song. But I...

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