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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 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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Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Resources, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

A New Template for Planning Worship Services

A New Template for Planning Worship Services

Is there any rhyme or reason to your planning? Or is every song set a new adventure with no real way of assuring consistent balance and depth?  I fear it is all too easy for worship planners to fall into a pattern of either oversimplifying (by simply picking a few songs with little thought to why) or overcomplicating (by becoming obsessed with theming). As I’ve mentioned before, I became disillusioned with planning my services exclusively around sermon topics. But I’ve long desired to write a follow-up post to offer a balanced alternative. In reading through Worship by the Book by Hughes, Keller, Ashton, and Carson, I had several brainstorms that led to this new worship planning model I’ve tried out over the past 6 months or so. It’s really more like a template and perhaps you can take ideas from it to use in your own planning process: PRAISE A song or reading that expresses praise to God for who He is and what He has done in our lives....

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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 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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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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