When tardy team members go unchecked, it gives permission for others to ignore the start time. And when the leader is the chronically late person, it screams, “Be late!” to the whole team.
Podcast: How does one EQ an acoustic guitar? It’s not a simple one-step process but a process that begins on stage. Chris Huff walks you through every step, from determining the natural sound of the guitar to dealing with monitor feedback to the final EQ and effects work.
Prayer has been demoted to the role of a worship service starter, stuffer, and stopper. Instead of a profound conversation with the Father as a primary act of worship, it has been plugged in as a transitional appendage.
Podcast: Although churches are much more than just their Sunday services, this may be all some churchgoers ever experience. For this reason, it’s important to make them count.
A congregational gathering is a vulnerable place. We’ve seen evidence of that truth within the past few years. The nature of our work says that the church is open to anyone. It’s easy to get into an unprotected church building with an unprepared congregation.
Charles Spurgeon says, “Private prayer is the drill ground for our more public exercises, neither can we long neglect it without being out of order when before the people.” In other words, the primary way that we prepare to pray in public is by praying in secret.
This article is a fascinating peek into the mind of a millennial. However, I am a bit tired of hearing them constantly harp about their need for “authenticity” – whatever that means.
These churches mobilize their people to get out of their seats and serve on the streets of the community. Prevailing churches take the mass engagement of people towards acts of service in their community very seriously.
Secular magazine WIRED profiles pastor D. J. Soto whose virtual services interestingly are attracting atheists.
For too many pastors, church attendance is connected with personal self-worth and value. They make numbers an idol instead of a metric.
When you communicate through written word and design, your church graphic design decisions can greatly affect how your text is read and processed by the reader.
A worship minister may earn a higher salary in larger churches, just as church pastors do. For example, church pastors in smaller churches — with 50 to 100 members — earned average annual salaries of $33,145, according to a 2009 survey conducted by Worship Leader. Pastors in large churches with at least 3,500 members made ...
Salary is a contention point for every organization, but this is especially the case for churches. As a small church, it’s hard to know what hires to make, and deciding on a salary for those hires makes the decision making process even more difficult.
There will come a time when God calls you to a new worship ministry position; you’ll be forced out of your present position; you’ll voluntarily step aside for a season; or you will retire from worship ministry completely. So if or when one of these scenarios occurs, what will your church remember more about your ...
Podcast: So you want a new mobile app for your church? What about a new sound system or lighting? Has the question been asked as to why these things are wanted? What’s the real or fundamental reason for these desires?
I want my ministry leaders to see themselves as shepherds of the volunteers who serve in their area. I want them to know about their families, what’s going on in their lives, and how they’re doing spiritually.
Podcast: As you evaluate other churches’ social media content, you can observe that there are, in fact, two broad categories that help in understanding what they are doing to gain traction.
If you’re going to reach your community, you’re going to grow. And if you’re going to grow, you have to figure out why certain things make a church grow and why certain things curtail growth.
A healthy song rotation will benefit and help your church fully engage in worship during the music portion of our services. There’s many opinions and philosophies regarding song rotations. Gary Durbin fleshes out his approach and finds his rotation is made up of three types of songs: Past, Present and Future.
Podcast: Are you hauling AVL equipment in and out of a venue each weekend because your church doesn’t have it’s own building? There is a lot that can go wrong.
When people walk into a church service on a Sunday morning, their first impression will be based in large part on the music, and at the heart of the music is the song itself. The songs we choose are often the most visible aspect of our worship experience.
One of the reasons so many churches struggle these days is that the way we do church is badly outdated. Culture is changing rapidly, which means people are changing rapidly. If you want to reach people, that probably also means you need to change your approach rapidly.
The connectivity of multisite support among a network of churches provides the opportunity to bring bigger church opportunities to smaller communities. Themed teaching series, joint mission work, print and video pieces, use of technology, and many other things afforded by a connected network give a multisite church unique opportunities.
Just as home entertainment has morphed from family and neighborhood sing-alongs to the ability to consume whatever music the global professionals offer, the church has shifted away from an emphasis on corporate singing.
Musicians are creative people who desire to express themselves in ever-increasing ways. Usually in a band situation this is not a problem, as creating new guitar riffs or drum rhythms are a natural part of the band making process. Worship music, by and large, restricts this process to a certain extent.
Bob Kauflin shares his thoughts on current worship trends.
Worship leaders must continually stay fresh in our work. One great way is to read books on worship. Kenny Lamm has compiled a two-part list of some of the best books for you to read.
While they are found in major cities across the U.S. and globally, it is in California that megachurches led the way in merging larger cultural trends into people’s religious lives.
Female leadership from the stage is a topic that comes up in almost all of my professional conversations—who should lead? How should she lead? How do we encourage her to lead?
Picking great songs for your congregation and worship band is one of the most important tasks of a worship leader. Great songs have a sense of God’s Spirit on them. Great worship songs make you want to sing them again and again.