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Posted on Nov 29, 2013 in Resources | 0 comments

Christmas Backgrounds I Can’t Believe Are Free!

Christmas Backgrounds I Can’t Believe Are Free!

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 post with free cross backgrounds)…maybe it’ll save you some hours of sifting through haystacks! Because excellence matters a lot for our presentations, I try to put everything through a really strict quality filter. Here are 8 Christmas Backgrounds that I love. 4 are motions, 4 are stills. MOTION BACKGROUNDS (All available for free download by going to the source on Vimeo and looking for the download button below the video player): I’m still trying to decide what fun Christmas song I’ll pair...

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Posted on Nov 21, 2013 in Featured Slider, Tools, Worship Ministry | 9 comments

Electric Drums: Gold or Fool’s Gold?

Electric Drums: Gold or Fool’s Gold?

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 room and mic set-up (aka, one that actually helps)? You can get some great sounding electric drums for reasonable prices these days…especially if you scour your local Craigslist ads. Have more than one drummer and they all play crazy different? Electronic modules allow you to program and save settings for multiple users. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Perfect volume every week. No more complaints from the peanut gallery.  No giant, ugly drum cage to mar your stage. Right? Wrong. Because electric drums are fool’s gold. A few years back, I was faced with the kind...

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Posted on Nov 14, 2013 in Featured Slider, Resources, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

A Veteran’s Day Prayer

A Veteran’s Day Prayer

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 very accustomed to bold expressions of patriotism being an integral part of such church services.  I wanted to be sensitive to them while, at the same time, being sure to keep the focus firmly planted on Christ and His Kingdom. The thought occurred to me that Sunday’s such as these might serve as perfect opportunities to engage in the kind of prayer Paul once urged Timothy to pray regarding governing authority. I tried to keep my remarks conversational rather than reading it straight off the page, of course.  Feel free to steal...

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Posted on Nov 9, 2013 in Featured Slider, Worship Ministry | 4 comments

Conduct Rehearsals like a Pro with These 4 Essential Ingredients

Conduct Rehearsals like a Pro with These 4 Essential Ingredients

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 time. As the ministry continued to evolve, the huge leap was made to a mid-week rehearsal; they tucked it away in a time slot right after Wednesday night programming. That’s where our worship ministry was when I arrived. One of the first changes we made was to move our mid-week rehearsal to a dedicated night…a night when no other regular church programming was going on. For us, that was Thursday. This leant a greater sense of importance to mid-week rehearsal and helped people...

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