Articles

  • Is It Too Loud? Worship Accompaniment Vs. Worship Immersion Culture
    April 16, 2018

    Dan Wilt explains the two worship mindsets you’re probably struggling with in your church.

  • Problematic Sound in Your Sanctuary?
    April 16, 2018

    Audio production is the most complicated and subjective area of technical production ministry in a house of worship. It also is one of the most non-intuitive areas. What may seem to be obvious answers to an audio challenge can easily make the problem worse.

  • Songs God Doesn’t Like
    April 16, 2018

    The prophet Micah condemned Israel’s dishonest, corrupt, and meaningless worship by pointing out what God considers good worship and what he really requires.

  • How to Achieve a Better Mix for Your Worship Band
    April 16, 2018

    Podcast: Kade Young offers practical tips for achieving a better sound in worship.

  • Millennial’s Message to Churches: Please Stop Trying to Attract Millennials
    April 16, 2018

    Churches should just be themselves, and live into their gifts in their settings. And don’t worry if the generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000 is going to show up (because they probably won’t).

  • Six Things You Should Know About First-Time Guests
    April 16, 2018

    First-Time guests are like oxygen to a church. In order to keep breathing, you have to keep bringing them in. Otherwise, you die.

  • Why I Didn’t Lead Worship On Easter Sunday
    April 9, 2018

    Person in the lobby after church: So when was the last time you had an Easter Sunday off? Me: Hmm…probably not since the Clinton administration.

  • 4 Implications For The Church Pianist
    April 9, 2018

    The days of “one style fits all” in church music have long since past, but even today, the breadth of musical styles being used in worship is astonishing. Where is church keyboard music heading and who will be there to play it when it gets there?

  • How to Make Drums Quieter (Without a Drum Cage)
    April 9, 2018

    Drummers are a wild bunch. And for the safety of everyone in the church, we put them in a cage.

  • A Quick, Inexpensive Way to Shoot a Great Video Greeting for Your Church
    April 9, 2018

    One of the great values of streaming and podcasting your church services is that it eases people’s tensions about arriving in person. Most people will watch or listen to a service several times, before deciding to leave their house to come to the church in person. Even before they take the time to watch or ...

  • 8 Characteristics of a Music Leader of the Future
    April 1, 2018

    The days of dividing into separate worship services based on style and preference are limited. The church will be seeking out leadership who embrace musical diversity – they love many styles and genres of music and eagerly accept them as good and beautiful.

  • Scratching the Ministry Move Itch
    March 26, 2018

    Most of us don’t begin a new ministry position believing we’ll only stay for a couple of years. We have noble intentions to plant our lives for the long haul. But after we’ve exhausted our two-year recipe of ideas we often get bored, our leadership gets stale, our congregation gets restless and we get busy ...

  • How To Create Great Acoustic Sets
    March 26, 2018

    Podcast: Acoustic sets should be different than your average set. This podcast takes you through everything from setting vibe to each instrument’s role in the band.

  • 10 Worship Service Disruptors
    March 18, 2018

    The worship service Meet and Greet can cause anxiety sweats and heart palpitations for first time guests and congregational introverts. Some see it as shallow, contrived and intimidating. So what is intended to welcome can sometimes alienate.

  • Backing Tracks in Worship: A Love-Hate Relationship
    March 11, 2018

    No longer will I bring in backing tracks at the start of learning a new song. We will first get it sounding good without them, and possibly bring them in afterwards.

  • Become Like Jesus by Singing the Songs He Sang
    March 11, 2018

    In Ephesians and Colossians Paul acknowledges that hymns and spiritual songs do not replace the Psalms. Rather, the ongoing flowering of Christian worship is built upon the foundation of the Bible’s prayer book—the book of Psalms.

  • How To Develop A Welcoming Worship Ministry
    March 11, 2018

    Podcast: Mike Harland discusses how you can use your worship ministry to help become a more welcoming church.

  • 11 Sound Check Protocols for Worship Teams
    March 11, 2018

    Every worship band has to figure out the sound check in a way that works best for them. Whether you’re a portable church or in a permanent building, worship teams must develop a standardized sound check process to be efficient and effective.

  • Typography In Church Graphics
    March 11, 2018

    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. That’s why typography is such an important part of graphic design and can be the thing that makes or breaks your design.

  • 5 Reasons Why Engagement Is The New Church Attendance
    March 11, 2018

    If you want to see your church grow, stop trying to attract people and start trying to engage people.

  • How Do You Measure Success On A Worship Team?
    March 5, 2018

    For some worship teams I’ve led, we asked, “Did we avoid a train wreck?” If the answer was yes, that Sunday landed in the “win” column.

  • The 6 Songs Billy Graham Picked for His Funeral
    March 5, 2018

    The evangelist planned his own ceremony. Experts analyze the music he chose.

  • Ten Creative Ideas To Make Your Easter Service Special
    February 26, 2018

    How are you going to welcome the large crowd on this big day? How will you greet newcomers? What memorable moments are you going to send them away talking about?

  • Leading Music without Musicians
    February 26, 2018

    Podcast: Listen as Mike Harland and Brian Brown discuss some of the tools and tips that can help a church be successful even if they do not have musicians.

  • The Importance Of Children’s Choir
    February 26, 2018

    Children’s choir in church is important to a child’s growing spirituality, and is unfortunately underrated. As a child with an overactive imagination and the inability to sit still, no other church activity held my attention so well as the one that had me on my feet, with clever lyrics and fast hand motions.

  • 8 Ways A Worship Leader Can Be A Good Host At Rehearsal
    February 26, 2018

    A worship rehearsal is about to happen. Band members begin to roll in, to get set up for downbeat time. As they come in the door, the worship leader is there, already set up and prepared, ready to help them bring in gear. Sounds crazy? Maybe.

  • Why Lateness Hurts Your Team (More Than You Think)
    February 19, 2018

    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.

  • How To EQ Acoustic Guitars
    February 19, 2018

    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.

  • Why Are We Praying Less and Singing More?
    February 19, 2018

    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.

  • How to End Mediocre Weekend Experiences
    February 19, 2018

    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.

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