Dan Wilt explains the two worship mindsets you’re probably struggling with in your church.
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.
The prophet Micah condemned Israel’s dishonest, corrupt, and meaningless worship by pointing out what God considers good worship and what he really requires.
Podcast: Kade Young offers practical tips for achieving a better sound in worship.
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).
First-Time guests are like oxygen to a church. In order to keep breathing, you have to keep bringing them in. Otherwise, you die.
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.
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?
Drummers are a wild bunch. And for the safety of everyone in the church, we put them in a cage.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Podcast: Mike Harland discusses how you can use your worship ministry to help become a more welcoming church.
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.
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.
If you want to see your church grow, stop trying to attract people and start trying to engage people.
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 evangelist planned his own ceremony. Experts analyze the music he chose.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.