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Posted on Nov 21, 2013 in Featured Slider, Tools, Worship Ministry | 9 comments

Electric Drums: Gold or Fool’s Gold?

Electric Drums: Gold or Fool’s Gold?

Cracked me UP… — Worship Sound Guy (@WorshipSoundGuy) October 15, 2013   I‘m coming to believe electric drums are, in fact, fool’s gold to the average blue collar worship leader. Blue collar worship leaders serve in small-to-midsize congregations and face many obstacles that a quality electric drum set could overcome. So in that sense, they’re true gold. For instance: Small room or bad acoustics? Electric drums get it under control. Can’t afford a nice drum room and mic set-up (aka, one that actually helps)? You can get some great sounding electric drums for reasonable prices these days…especially if you scour your local Craigslist ads. Have more than one drummer and they all play crazy different? Electronic modules allow you to program and save settings for multiple users. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Perfect volume every week. No more complaints from the peanut gallery.  No giant, ugly drum cage to mar your stage. Right? Wrong. Because electric drums are fool’s gold. A few years back, I was faced with the kind...

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Posted on Oct 11, 2013 in Tools | 2 comments

If You Send Emails to Your Church, You Need This Service!

If You Send Emails to Your Church, You Need This Service!

In a previous post, I shared a sample of the worship email I send out to our entire church on a regular basis.  Looked pretty boring didn’t it??? Especially when compared to the new look: (Click to view the whole email in your browser) See, I used to send these emails out using my personal Yahoo! Mail account, believe it or not. I actually had to break the mailing into sections of addresses so Yahoo! didn’t think I was a spammer. One day, two questions popped into my head that made me very nervous: What if someone hits Reply to All and says something embarrassing or even inappropriate? And isn’t it kind of a privacy issue to be sending out everyone’s email address in the “To:” field? I resolved the second issue immediately by pasting everyone’s address but mine into the “BCC:” field. But these two questions were enough to convince me we needed to look for something better. What I found is a service that has been nothing...

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Posted on Sep 7, 2013 in Tools, Worship Ministry | 10 comments

Why You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Presentation Anymore, Part 1

Why You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Presentation Anymore, Part 1

Presentation matters. Sometimes all that separates a cheap meal from an expensive, gourmet meal is it’s presentation. People pay for it, people are wowed 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! Invest in an excellent presentation that will draw people to participate. If you use hymnals, provide nice ones. And if you use screen projection, project excellence. How? That’s the million-dollar question and I’m going to break this into 2 posts:  This one discusses software choices. The next will give tips for creating an excellent presentation. When it comes to presentation software, you have 5 viable options. Which you choose does matter. Some make it...

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Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in Tools, Worship Ministry | 0 comments

5 Ways to Get More out of CCLI’s SongSelect

5 Ways to Get More out of CCLI’s SongSelect

My SongSelect subscription began as a luke-warm, reluctant relationship. But these days, we pay for the Premium package every year and consider it indispensable to our ministry!  Of course there are the obvious uses that we all subscribe for: to download/print music for our teams and to import lyrics into programs like MediaShout or ProPresenter. But here are 5 ways to use this stellar service that you just might be overlooking: Discovering songs to teach your church. I spend a good chunk of time once a year prayerfully determining what new songs I should plan to teach our church over the coming 12 months.  I’m not much of a Contemporary Christian Radio guy so I rely on other resources for song discovery.  One such resource: the CCLI and SongSelect Top 100 lists. You still have to weigh song quality and lyrical depth/truth.  But one of my goals is for our church to know most worship songs being commonly sung by their brothers and sisters across the country. It’s a unity...

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Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Resources, Tools | 2 comments

6 Blogs Worship Leaders Should Keep on Speed Dial

6 Blogs Worship Leaders Should Keep on Speed Dial

Googling for “worship blogs” is about how I would imagine deep sea fishing to be…there’s a WHOLE lot of ocean and you never know what might show up on the end of your pole! Blogs can be an incredible source of ideas and inspiration: two things a worship leader can never have too much of. But finding ones that are worth your time can be a bit daunting.  Here are 6 blogs you might want to check out: Blog #1: Michael Hyatt – Intentional Leadership Perhaps it may seem odd that my #1 blog for worship leaders has nothing (directly) to do with worship. But this is probably the classiest blog I’ve ever encountered and it’s mostly about leadership & productivity. Hyatt offers insights on everything from managing your time to delegating tasks to becoming more disciplined to avoiding the pitfalls of weak leadership, etc. If you sign up for an email subscription, you get a quality e-book, too!   #2: David Santistevan From what I’ve found, this is...

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Posted on Jun 14, 2013 in Tools | 0 comments

My Humble Acoustic Retraction

My Humble Acoustic Retraction

Just a few blog posts ago, I spoke of not personally holding much love for Martin guitars because I find them so plain in appearance…I believe I used the word “drab”. Well, due to an odd and unexpected turn of events, I’m now the proud owner of one such drab guitar. It all began with a wedding. See I’m playing at my cousin’s wedding next week and have been thinking that I need a good 6-string acoustic for the songs we’re doing.  I would’ve just used the Dean if it weren’t BRIGHT BLUE (although I guess it could’ve been the bride’s “something blue”???).   So I thought, “Well, I’ll just jump on Craigslist and see if there happens to be a great deal out there.” Low and behold, a guy was selling two really reasonably priced Martins. So I decided to take a look, figuring I could just resell it when I got back from the wedding if I didn’t  care for it.  The one I was initially interested...

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