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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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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 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 Oct 17, 2013 in Featured Slider, Leadership, Resources, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

My 4-Part Formula for Weekly Communication with Your Team

My 4-Part Formula for Weekly Communication with Your Team

Communication with your team is HUGE! When I began full-time ministry, I quickly realized a need for some kind of regular leader-to-team communication outside of rehearsals and Sunday mornings. If I relied solely on those occasions, some of my team members would only hear from me about once a month. And the odds that I’d remember to tell them all they needed to know in that single opportunity are slim-to-none.  Ok, just none. Thus was born “The Worship Weekly”…the email I send to my team of volunteers week after week after week.  And you know what? There are few things I’ve received more “at-a-boy’s” about than those emails.  It seems to me that even when a team member doesn’t get around to reading it, they like simply knowing they received it! Ha, well I’m happy to oblige. I’d like to offer you my formula since it’s gone over so well in my ministry. Of course, I’d recommend making it your own…something that fits your personality and context. My emails...

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Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in Resources, Worship Ministry | 6 comments

Why You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Presentation Anymore, Part 2

Why You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Presentation Anymore, Part 2

Presentation matters. Why is it you can spot a wedding party from a mile away? Because they’re decked out in the finest fashion. People pay for it, people are impressed by it, people are drawn to it. I’ve seen a lot of worship ministries that strive for excellence in their musical presentation but the lyric presentation is AWFUL! Words unreadable, images blurry with copyright info all over it, off-centered, gawdy video loops, ugly fonts…all this communicates, “we don’t care if you sing along or not, we’re just here for us.” If you truly value and prioritize the church’s song, prove it! How to present excellence is the million-dollar question and I’ve broken this into 2 posts:  The first discussed software choices. Now let’s talk tips and tricks for creating an excellent presentation.   Background First, be really picky about your background. Plain black would be better than 90% of the worship background video loops that are being peddled to you. In a video, you’re looking for loops that aren’t herky-jerky, that are...

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Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in Featured Slider, Resources, Worship Ministry | 2 comments

Why You Need Secret Worship Songs and Four of My Favorites

Why You Need Secret Worship Songs and Four of My Favorites

Disclaimer: I’m a big believer that corporate worship is king. In other words, I believe that the whole of scripture places utmost value on God’s people as community, worshipping Him in community. I can sing a song to God in my car, in my shower, in my office and that holds value but it cannot hold a candle to what happens when I sing that same song together with others in a community of believers. Nonetheless, there are certain songs I keep to myself. Sometimes I feel selfish about that. But, as a worship leader, I find I need a few for just me and God. I don’t know about you but something happens to a song after I’ve been leading it awhile. All those times of rehearsing and leading, rehearsing and leading seem to steal the awe, the transcendent qualities it held at first. I’m not saying I cannot or do not worship as I lead the church in a song that we’ve done many times. Those songs...

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