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Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Resources | 0 comments

Two Songs Guaranteed to Rock Your Church (In a Good Way!)

Two Songs Guaranteed to Rock Your Church (In a Good Way!)

Sometimes it feels like great slow songs are a-dime-a-dozen (but maybe that’s just because I’m a sucker for moody music) while great upbeat songs are like searching for a needle-in-a-haystack. Every now and again I find a song with a great beat that would be sure to energize anyone, only to realize the lyrics could be far-surpassed in depth by most nursery rhymes. So I’m always on the lookout for rockin’ songs that carry the potential to energize my church on even the dreariest of Sunday mornings! Here are two songs that, if you’re not already doing at your church, I suggest you give them a whirl. These particular songs felt like big risks at my church and I had doubts that they’d ever catch on. But, what do ya know, sometimes risks pay off! #1: All My Fountains by Chris Tomlin/Passion Background: I initially learned this one for a youth camp and taught it to my church “just for kicks” :) I would have NEVER guessed it would...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Leadership, Resources, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

What Does Your Worship Ministry Value?

What Does Your Worship Ministry Value?

Awhile back, our church went hog-wild writing official statements.  Remember the statements craze of the early 2000’s? If you were going to lead something effectively, you needed to have official value statements, purpose statements, mission statements, vision statements, goal statements…and the list could keep right on going.  I’ll bet there’s not a library big enough to contain all the world’s organizational statements written back in those days! “Statement-palooza” (as I’ll affectionately call it) initially turned me off to such statement writing as a complete waste of my time…after all, more often than not, such statements either rot in oblivion or become overused drudgery. But I’ve found worth in having a few around–especially value statements–to help hold myself and my ministry accountable to what we believe is most important. How do I use value statements? I communicate and review them once a year with the team. I don’t even actually expect them to remember or get that much out of it. Mostly I just want it to serve as a...

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Posted on Jun 14, 2013 in Tools | 0 comments

My Humble Acoustic Retraction

My Humble Acoustic Retraction

Just a few blog posts ago, I spoke of not personally holding much love for Martin guitars because I find them so plain in appearance…I believe I used the word “drab”. Well, due to an odd and unexpected turn of events, I’m now the proud owner of one such drab guitar. It all began with a wedding. See I’m playing at my cousin’s wedding next week and have been thinking that I need a good 6-string acoustic for the songs we’re doing.  I would’ve just used the Dean if it weren’t BRIGHT BLUE (although I guess it could’ve been the bride’s “something blue”???).   So I thought, “Well, I’ll just jump on Craigslist and see if there happens to be a great deal out there.” Low and behold, a guy was selling two really reasonably priced Martins. So I decided to take a look, figuring I could just resell it when I got back from the wedding if I didn’t  care for it.  The one I was initially interested...

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Posted on Jun 7, 2013 in Featured Slider, Leadership, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

Are You Allowing Involvement to Knockout Excellence?

Are You Allowing Involvement to Knockout Excellence?

” If they want to play or sing, let ‘em. We’re a church, for crying out loud, not a communist regime!” says Jim Bob.  Betsy Sue replies, “Yes we’re a church and God deserves our very best. That’s why we should only hire professionals to lead our worship.” Ahhhh, the battle between involvement and excellence!  It’s one of a million such match-ups that play out within and between churches every week. But—as with most such tension-issues in the church—the challenge facing us is not how to “knock out” one or the other but, rather, how to strike the right balance between the two. There is no clear-cut formula or solution that fits every church. There’s not even a solution that fits every situation bound to arise in your church. Still, each worship ministry does need to determine which value—involvement or excellence—will win the most or carry the most weight. Within the blue collar ministry world, we tend to have a natural and inherited bent toward letting involvement win.  We’re smaller...

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Posted on Jun 5, 2013 in Worship Ministry | 2 comments

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

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

In Part 1 of this 2-part blog post, we discussed a culture of non-singing that is found in many of our churches. I asked the question: 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’s are the last 2 of 4 tips for getting your church to sing like little angels :) 3. Play songs they know and give them time to really learn a song.  What good is it to have the hottest song repertoire around if you lose your church in the process? Choose your songs purposefully and teach them thoroughly.  Songs that your church is still in the process of learning need to be a serious minority in your...

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