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Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in Featured Slider, Resources, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

Why You Need Secret Worship Songs and Four of My Favorites

Why You Need Secret Worship Songs and Four of My Favorites

Disclaimer: I’m a big believer that corporate worship is king. In other words, I believe that the whole of scripture places utmost value on God’s people as community, worshipping Him in community. I can sing a song to God in my car, in my shower, in my office and that holds value but it cannot hold a candle to what happens when I sing that same song together with others in a community of believers. Nonetheless, there are certain songs I keep to myself. Sometimes I feel selfish about that. But, as a worship leader, I find I need a few for just me and God. I don’t know about you but something happens to a song after I’ve been leading it awhile. All those times of rehearsing and leading, rehearsing and leading seem to steal the awe, the transcendent qualities it held at first. I’m not saying I cannot or do not worship as I lead the church in a song that we’ve done many times. Those songs...

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Posted on Aug 23, 2013 in Featured Slider, Leadership, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

Why Decision-Making Is Important to Your Ministry and How to Make Better Ones

Why Decision-Making Is Important to Your Ministry and How to Make Better Ones

Worship leaders are consistently faced with decisions about everything from service structure to planning processes to whether someone needs to leave the team to whether a newbie is a good fit on the team to the best rehearsal plans…each can serve to help or hinder our ministries. I recently heard a couple of Dave Ramsey leadership podcast episodes including Jim Collins. The podcast, itself, was speaking mostly to a business context but my brain wandered to ways good or bad decision-making affects our blue collar leadership contexts. Decisions, after all, are step one of everything we do: Step 1: Make the decision; Step 2: Execute the decision; and, hopefully, Step 3: Evaluate the decision. If we put off making decisions, we can paralyze a ministry or the entire church. If we make the wrong decisions, we’ll go the wrong way. But when we make the right decisions and execute them well, awesome things are coming down the road by the grace of God! As we look at some decision-making pointers, you’ll notice they have something in common: TEAM....

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Posted on Aug 17, 2013 in Leadership, Resources, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

What Does Your Church Need to Be Hearing from Their Worship Leader?

What Does Your Church Need to Be Hearing from Their Worship Leader?

We all know communication is huge in leadership! So in the spirit of self-improvement a couple years ago, I decided to take inventory of who I needed to be communicating with on a regularly basis outside of  ordinary ministry settings. Did I have a good communication strategy? Did I have one at all?? To evaluate, I first asked this question: “What is expected of pastors around me?” Our youth pastor is expected to communicate regularly with both his students and his adult leaders. And our lead pastor is expected to communicate with the leadership of the church and with the church, itself, regularly. In both of these cases, ministry leaders are expected to communicate both with the people they are ministering with and the people they are ministering to. And not just on Sunday mornings! Next question… So why don’t we expect the same thing from worship pastors and leaders? I had been fulfilling the perceived expectation that I should communicate regularly with my team of worship ministry volunteers. But...

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Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in Tools, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

5 Ways to Get More out of CCLI’s SongSelect

5 Ways to Get More out of CCLI’s SongSelect

My SongSelect subscription began as a luke-warm, reluctant relationship. But these days, we pay for the Premium package every year and consider it indispensable to our ministry!  Of course there are the obvious uses that we all subscribe for: to download/print music for our teams and to import lyrics into programs like MediaShout or ProPresenter. But here are 5 ways to use this stellar service that you just might be overlooking: Discovering songs to teach your church. I spend a good chunk of time once a year prayerfully determining what new songs I should plan to teach our church over the coming 12 months.  I’m not much of a Contemporary Christian Radio guy so I rely on other resources for song discovery.  One such resource: the CCLI and SongSelect Top 100 lists. You still have to weigh song quality and lyrical depth/truth.  But one of my goals is for our church to know most worship songs being commonly sung by their brothers and sisters across the country. It’s a unity...

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