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Posted on May 4, 2013 in Worship Ministry | 0 comments

Part I: Would You Like Your Church to Sing More?

Part I: Would You Like Your Church to Sing More?

Have you ever been a participant in a worship service where—by taking in the people in the seats around you—you feel like you’re at a concert where no one knows any of the songs?  Some churches have a culture where people merely gawk at the stage taking in the “awesome” on display.  And there are certainly churches with less-than-awesome worship arts on display who are facing the same problem! So can we fix it? My guess is that many leaders who serve at churches that don’t sing explain it away as a spiritual matter that can only be resolved by a moving of God’s Spirit.  Certainly, it’s a spiritual matter and true worship will always emerge through the work of God’s Spirit.  However, many of us just need to get out of our church’s way! Here are the first 2 of 4 tips (visit the follow-up blog post and read about the other 2) I’ll give on how to encourage your church to sing: 1. Stop using Chris Tomlin’s...

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Posted on May 2, 2013 in Featured Slider, Why BC? | 1 comment

Why Blue Collar?

Why Blue Collar?

Because there ought to be a quality resource for worship leaders who aren’t working with a million dollar budget or standing in front of a million people every weekend! My name is Neil Oldham. I moved from being a guitar player to a worship leader around the year 2000 and learned worship ministry the “hard way.”  You probably did, too. Sure, I received some training: I took a few courses in subjects like music, Bible, theology, and even ministry.  But the fact is, these courses had little to do with the day-to-day in’s-and-out’s of what I call “blue-collar worship ministry.” What is blue collar worship ministry? It’s not about the socioeconomic makeup of our churches.  I’m actually talking about leaders in churches of 100-500-ish people where budgets are small or non-existent, musicians are seldom professional, excellence is not always pre-instilled in the culture, and you probably don’t have much staff help of any kind—much less paid worship staff serving under or alongside you. I have often felt that much of...

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