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Posted on May 26, 2014 in Leadership, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

A Season of Rest

A Season of Rest

Y ou have my sincere apologies of the lack of recent worship blog posts. I believed I could carry right on through a major move and job transition without missing a beat. Turns out I’m not superhuman after all. And my brain has a limit to how many thoughts it can juggle at once! Moving from MO to LA–along with the necessary house-selling, house-hunting, account moving, address changing, state registering and on and on and on–well, it’s a lot to figure out. Add to that a brand new career, church, ministry, relationships, and so forth. Whew! So I haven’t been thinking much about worship ministry but will be again soon. In fact, I just had my first meeting with my new church’s worship leadership. I have finally admitted to the obvious conclusion that a temporary break is needed from the blog. I need this summer to get my feet on the ground here in my new environment. I’ll actually be taking a bit of a rest from ministry this summer,...

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Posted on May 5, 2014 in Leadership, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

A New Day Has Dawned

A New Day Has Dawned

A  few weeks ago, I shared about a new adventure I’d be embarking on. Officially, as of yesterday, that adventure has begun! Julie snapped this picture from my first sermon in “Duck Dynasty country”, HA! Don’t worry, I didn’t preach the whole sermon with that thing on…couldn’t have stood it! As to worship ministry. My new church, where I have the privilege of serving as pastor, doesn’t have a worship leader on staff but we have some very talented musicians and dedicated volunteers. Furthermore, yesterday marked the first Sunday in a loooong time in which my together-worship experience involved hymnals and a choir! Needless to say, I’ll have the opportunity to explore worship ministry in a new context. Are there things we’ll change in the coming months and years? Doubtless. But, if you find yourself in a similar context as my new one, be encouraged that wholesale, sweeping change is not necessary to engage the unchurched or the younger generations. Believe it or not, lights & rock-and-roll are not the...

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Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Leadership, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

The People Priority

The People Priority

Y esterday was a day to be remembered. A beautiful farewell to a church I’ve served for seven years. Would that all such ministry farewells were characterized by the kind of mutual love and respect we’ve experienced at LifeQuest Church! It struck me in the tear-stained aftermath that the most important part of worship ministry was made quite clear to me today, if I ever had any doubts. You see, what moved my heart today had very little to do with “successes” in the way we commonly think of them. Not leadership endeavors, nor programs created, nor events executed, nor progress made. Rather, it was the relationships built, the friendships forged. This week, as you embark on your weekly routine, take pause to place the people above the rest. You have no task more important than the people you...

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Posted on Apr 21, 2014 in Leadership, Resources, Worship Ministry | 1 comment

Your Team’s Outward Expression Does Matter!

Your Team’s Outward Expression Does Matter!

I n a posting titled Why I Ask My Team to Be a Little Disingenuous, I managed to stir up a little bit of controversy amongst worship leaders over whether we should encourage our teams to work on their outward expressions of worship. Many feel this matter is between the team member and God and that anything “contrived” would be disingenuous. While I understand and can identify with that concern, I will continue to argue that the job of worship leaders is to lead people in every way possible to worship our God! I recently ran across a great article that I immediately shared with my team. I love discovering supporting evidence to back up what I’ve been coaching them on for years! Perhaps this article could serve the same purpose for you. Or maybe you’ve never talked with your team about their outward expression and this article could serve as a jumping-off point for you to begin the conversation. Friends, the importance of body language cannot be overstated and–as...

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Posted on Apr 13, 2014 in Leadership, Worship Ministry | 4 comments

My Grand New Adventure

My Grand New Adventure

H ello Readers, This is more of a letter than a blog post but I wanted to let you know about a major new development in my life and ministry. I pray that reading about my journey will lead you to reflect on where God has taken you and where He might lead you in the future! First some history. I never planned to be a worship pastor. I didn’t plan to be in occupational ministry at all, really. I graduated from Mid-America Christian University with a Secondary Education degree and taught middle schoolers for 3 years. But God had other plans. Relationships built in college had grown in me a passion for music and ministry through music. After college & while teaching, I worked as a part-time worship leader helping a super-traditional church make the transition to a more modern service. I quit that part-time job to pursue a new degree from MACU in Christian Ministries that included an emphasis in music. While pursuing that new degree, LifeQuest Church...

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Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Leadership, Resources, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

All This Stuff about Worship & Millennials

All This Stuff about Worship & Millennials

It seems the blogosphere (and hence my Facebook wall) have been swarmed of late by members of the up & coming Millennial generation who want to inform church leaders how they should be “doing church” to attract “people like us.” Yes, I’m a member of said generation and, yes, this is yet another post on that subject. Only, I’m actually wanting to point you to the best, most reliable article I’ve found on the subject. But before I get to that, there’s a question that begs answering: Why does this subject even matter? Or actually: Why should one generation have influence like this over how we approach our worship gatherings? First, it matters a lot to smaller “blue collar” churches, especially, because many of us are seeing our church demographics getting awfully lopsided in age and the writing seems to be on the wall…we’ll get younger or we’ll dwindle away. Second, it is–believe it or not–the biggest generation. Third, what this generation stands for in regard to worship actually...

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