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Posted on Dec 25, 2013 in Worship Ministry | 0 comments

Merry Christmas from My Family to Yours

Merry Christmas from My Family to Yours

As I mentioned in my bio, I’m a proud husband and father. We try to make a “Family Christmas Card” video each year. This year’s turned out more artistic than I originally planned but my wife & I love it (so that’s got to count for something, right?!). Hope you’ll enjoy, too! Merry Christmas to my Blue Collar Worship Blog...

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Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Resources, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

Empower Your Church to Be Worship Leaders This Christmas

Empower Your Church to Be Worship Leaders This Christmas

The average family Christmas gathering… Maybe you head to grandma’s house. Suddenly the house is louder and busier than it’s been all year. Maybe there’s laughter, maybe some tears, probably some eye rolling, doubtless some grandkids will get in trouble for some mischief. You eat till your full. Then you eat some more. Then you have dessert. Of course, presents must be opened and soon trash bags will be bulging with paper and packaging. That about covers it, right? Christmas is one of the most worship-full holidays of the year but most of the families in your church will completely miss the point. No one will read the Christmas story. The grandkids won’t act out the nativity scene. The family won’t take time to reflect together on what God’s done in their lives that year. Prayers won’t be prayed except maybe in thanks for ham. Christmas songs won’t be sung. Probably because no one ever taught them how. And that’s something we’ve been trying to work on at our...

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Posted on Dec 13, 2013 in Leadership, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

How to Lead with Both Love & Strength

How to Lead with Both Love & Strength

One of my goals–really the main one–in starting this blog was to challenge worship leaders in ordinary churches to lead strong! To not accept mediocrity as something that comes with the territory of blue collar, non-mega-church ministry. Early on, I wrote about topics that really pointed to this passion of mine; topics like prioritizing excellence over involvement and creating a process for incorporating new talent onto your team. But the natural question that arises from these challenges is “How?” In fact, the question came up quickly in a worship leader Facebook group where I shared those articles: How do we lead with both love and strength? It’s an apt question because ours is one of the most vulnerable of ministries. Individuals who volunteer or offer us their talents are putting themselves at the mercy of other people’s critiques in a way that few people outside the music world can know. So we must lead with love. Yet we must also lead with great strength so what we lead will actually...

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Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Resources, Tools | 20 comments

How to Easily Build an Effective Drum Cage for Half the Money

How to Easily Build an Effective Drum Cage for Half the Money

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 doesn’t pass out halfway through the set!). But for those of us without either deep pockets or bored handymen at our disposal, we need a quick & easy cost-effective solution. When my grand electric drum experiment hit the fan, we had to figure out a new solution on a minimal budget. To pay for a quality ready-made drum cage, you’re generally talking $2,000+. But with helpful advice from a sound guru we’ve worked with, I pieced together a drum cage that has served us quite well....

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