Most everyone who’s tried it can tell you a plexiglass shield by itself won’t actually dampen the sound of the drums one iota. It’ll just toss the sound back where it’ll bounce off something else and eventually all over the place as it did before you spent all that money. You need something to both dampen and break up or contain the sound waves. The ultimate solution is a drum room or booth that is completely enclosed (preferably with ventilation so the drummer...Read More
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I don’t know about the rest of you but this blue collar worship leader is always on the lookout for FREE resources! But I also try to maintain really high standards regarding what I’m willing to place on the screen Sunday. I’ve noticed a great trend lately of more and more artists creating cool, high quality stuff. And more and more of them seem willing to share their work with the rest of us for free. From time to time, I want to share some of what I find (check out my...Read More
Cracked me UP… — Worship Sound Guy (@WorshipSoundGuy) October 15, 2013 I‘m coming to believe electric drums are, in fact, fool’s gold to the average blue collar worship leader. Blue collar worship leaders serve in small-to-midsize congregations and face many obstacles that a quality electric drum set could overcome. So in that sense, they’re true gold. For instance: Small room or bad acoustics? Electric drums get it under control. Can’t afford a nice drum...Read More
I recently blogged about patriotism’s place in our worship services, most importantly asking that we be very thoughtful and purposeful about what we do/say/sing on those certain Sundays that fall near patriotic holidays. Having posed some very difficult questions for all of us, I found myself wrestling more than ever this week with how to approach the worship service before Veteran’s Day at my church. Ours is a very multigenerational congregation and we have a lot of folks who are...Read More
As worship ministries have evolved over the past few decades, so have rehearsals. The evolution of rehearsals at my church is probably something you and your church can relate to. Once upon a time–if you can imagine it–folks would show up on Sunday AM, the director would pick some hymns out of the hymn book and away they went with an organ, piano & choir leading the way. Fast forward a few years and the planning process became more refined, as did the Sunday morning rehearsal...Read More
When was the last time you heard someone request prayer for an American soldier? Ok, now when was the last time you heard someone voice similar concern for our foreign brothers and sisters facing persecution for their faith? If you serve in a church that emphasizes Kingdom over country, count yourself blessed. Many American Christians have struggled to distinguish between country and Kingdom. Our struggle in that regard has greatly influenced the worship practices of our local churches. The...Read More
Ever have one of those days when 5pm finds you feeling worn out, stressed, and beaten down? It happened to me once on a Tuesday. That Tuesday also happened to be a day when I couldn’t just go home and recover because the small group I was leading was scheduled to serve at Convoy of Hope‘s warehouse here in Springfield, MO that night. To make matters even “better” our group was struck by the most ridiculous & inconceivable confluence of legitimate circumstances:...Read More
Communication with your team is HUGE! When I began full-time ministry, I quickly realized a need for some kind of regular leader-to-team communication outside of rehearsals and Sunday mornings. If I relied solely on those occasions, some of my team members would only hear from me about once a month. And the odds that I’d remember to tell them all they needed to know in that single opportunity are slim-to-none. Ok, just none. Thus was born “The Worship Weekly”…the email...Read More