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Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Leadership, Resources, Tools, Worship Ministry | 1 comment

End It.

End It.

Welcome to next week’s post because today is February 27th, 2014–also known as “Shine a Light on Slavery Day” for those who are in it to End It. Tonight, I’ll turn on my sound system in my cozy church building and make beautiful (hopefully!) music to God with my team. Meanwhile, there will be people who are experiencing their own living hell in that moment. To worship God comfortably but continuously avoid, ignore, and show apathy toward justice and mercy and faithfulness is worse than wrong. And it would certainly earn us a strong rebuke from Jesus. Not that you or I have to individually engage boldly in every fight out there. There’s a lot of injustice in this world, a lot of mercy needed. That being said, ignorance is NOT bliss. And with an issue this well documented, ignorance is irresponsible at best. The good news: It doesn’t take much time to get informed and pass it on. And that IS doing something! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7yFuLxoldU And it doesn’t take much...

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Posted on Feb 24, 2014 in Tools, Worship Ministry | 7 comments

Why You Should Stop Avoiding Your Sound Booth!

Why You Should Stop Avoiding Your Sound Booth!

Look, I get it. I really do. Some of you love making music but couldn’t care less about the technical ins and outs of a sound system. Words like Gain, Phantom Power, EQ, Gate, Compression or even Reverb make your eyes glaze over and roll. The mere sight of all those knobs and faders on the sound board is enough to give anyone a headache, right?! I have to admit, I was in your shoes for many years. I love playing guitar. I love singing. I love leading a band and a church in song. But I would’ve just as soon “wrassled” a wild boar as tangled with feedback! Or any of that other sound tech stuff, for that matter. But over the years I’ve come to recognize that I truly need to be engaged in the sound ministry of our church. And, even though it’s still not my comfort zone or my favorite thing in the world, I’ve tried to learn and grow in this area. There are...

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Posted on Feb 17, 2014 in Tools | 4 comments

My “Where Are All the Electric Guitarists?” Solution

My “Where Are All the Electric Guitarists?” Solution

One truth that blue collar worship leaders live with is: sometimes you have the instrumentalists you want and sometimes you don’t! At the church I’ve been blessed to serve at the last 6.5 years, we’ve continually had more than our fair share of talent. But even so, we’ve faced seasons where a certain instrument was hard to come by. One such season of drought has been pretty permanent and that’s guitar. Thankfully, I play guitar but I’ve always been an acoustic rhythm guy and some songs just beg for electric! Maybe you or someone you know is in a similar situation? I don’t know if my solution will be your solution but–if nothing else–you’ll find out there is hope beyond just waiting and waiting for a decent electric player to show up. I found that hope several years ago in the form of a hybrid guitar. The idea of such a guitar appealed to me with the idea that I could switch back and forth from acoustic to electric...

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Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Leadership, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

Know Enough about Everyone’s Job to Get Yourself in Trouble

Know Enough about Everyone’s Job to Get Yourself in Trouble

I recently read a good resource article by Wisdom Moon where he spoke to the importance of dynamics and, at one point, he said: “I don’t know how to play every instrument on stage, but I understand enough about each to give some verbal direction.”  I immediately thought, “Wow, that would make an article all by itself!” So here it is. Perhaps you’re familiar with the expression: “I know just enough about _______________ to get me in trouble.”  As a worship leader, you are probably a band leader. And as a band leader, you should know just enough about each instrument in your band to get you in trouble! (Really, I suppose these principles will apply across leadership contexts.) For instance, I can’t play drums.  While I’ve learned to keep two limbs in rhythm, four has proven more than I can ask of my uncoordinated self! But over the years, I’ve gleaned as much information about drummers and drum sets as I can because I believe they make or break...

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Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Featured Slider, Resources, Worship Ministry | 6 comments

The Truth about Teaching Your Church New Worship Songs

The Truth about Teaching Your Church New Worship Songs

The image contained in this blog post is a free resource you can access at CreationSwap.com. You’ve probably read a lot of advice about taking your time with teaching a new song. There’s a lot already out there.  So why bother adding my voice to the mix? Partly because I don’t think we take the advice seriously enough. But also because I try to tailor this blog’s focus to a specific group of worship leaders–blue collar worship leaders–and our ministry context is a little different than the context of the average worship advice-giver. For starters, we generally lead worship in churches of 500-ish or less people and those folks often have a higher median age. Reality Checks about Our Churches: They aren’t Tomlin concert attenders. They aren’t listening to the latest worship music in their car every week. They don’t learn these new-fangled melodies and rhythms very fast (or sometimes at all). Their attendance is very hit or miss from week-to-week. So to assume they’ll pick up a new...

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