Often we sing so many new songs we hardly know the ones we are singing. Not only do we know these great carols, we have memories attached to singing them. They are part of our worship experience.
Sing Christmas music like Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard on High, Little Drummer Boy. Don’t be afraid to play all the hits. This is the one time of year you can get away with it.
How the composer (and his lesser-known collaborator) wedded Scripture and music in daring new ways.
People often don’t understand what goes into their Sunday morning worship each week. What does a full-time worship pastor do the rest of the week?
Podcast: Our culture still embraces Christmas. Churches decorate, plan and hold extra services. But are we really connecting with the people who only come to church during the most wonderful time of the year?
Podcast: Even during this busy time, you need to take a moment to slow down and refill your personal fuel tank before diving into the next thing.
Andy Williams calls it the most wonderful time of the year. I call it budget season. The time of the year when you can start thinking about all the things you can buy with next year’s budget.
A church service isn’t mainly meant to be a time for me to enjoy my favorite style of music. It is first and foremost a gathering of the redeemed to praise God as his set apart, unified people.
In the rush to do something new and fresh or in an attempt to imitate another congregation, worship planners and leaders sometimes radically change the worship practices of their church. With total disregard for the foundations that framed their existing practices they arbitrarily blow up their worship without considering where the pieces might land.
Renowned worship drummer Carl Albrecht offers tips from his 40 year career.
Chances are you’ll be the only one to notice slight changes that are made to the set, and the audience will still end up being amazed.
In many modern churches, it has become common practice to feature a secular song at the beginning or end of a worship service. This practice is, more often than not, an attempt to soften the culture shock of entering a church for the first time.
A poorly executed worship song isn’t just painful, it’s poor stewardship.
Sometimes the most beneficial thing we can do is step away from the hectic schedules and incessant demands for attention, and instead turn our energy to engaging with our fellow team members.
In a world where gadgets and gizmos are becoming such an integrated part of how we live, play, and work, it can be quite challenging and outright overwhelming to know what to do or where to start.
Asking your team the right questions really sets the right tone for your leadership. Asking the right questions will give you insight into any blind spots you might have. And asking the right questions will help your team and the people serving in it go to the next level.
The usual perception is that a bigger church is always better or size determines significance. So smaller church leaders are often viewed as mediocre representations of larger church leaders, as worship leaders in waiting, as juniors to their senior counterparts or as large church wannabes.
If kids’ ministry is an afterthought at your church, you are never going to grow. It is the single most important ministry of a church right now, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Parents are no longer dragging their kids to church, but if you have a great kids’ ministry, the kids will ...
Why is a church logo so important? Because logos capture and communicate the identity of your church. And in a world bombarded by advertisements at every turn, this is more important than ever.
What does your parking area say to your community? Is it full looking? Tidy? Always empty? Is it welcoming? Could it be a barrier to worship? Or a barrier for your community to try church?
Nothing–and I mean nothing–will kill energy faster than a bad flow. Not getting started on time, fumbling transitions, dead time between songs, too many announcements, these will all ruin the experience. Most churches should be doing a full rehearsal of the service before the service.
Have you ever wished you could devote an entire service to worshiping God through music, song, and other expressions of worship? Do you want a special time where you can have a bit more freedom without the constraints of what is required of a typical Sunday morning gathering?
As worship leaders, we set the mood for what is expected for the worship experience for the majority of the congregation. Obviously, there will always be those who are bold or mature in their faith who we don’t need to bring to the throne because they are already there. But for the lion’s share of ...
Do you know what it will involve to reach more people this year at Christmas? It takes a plan. Unfortunately, the typical church doesn’t start thinking about their Christmas plans until they get back in the office after Thanksgiving.
Podcast: Loudspeakers are available in active and passive models, but which is right for you?
The majority of churches aren’t working with a stable of professional musicians leading a congregation of enthusiastic, engaged worshipers.
Some worship leaders struggle to maintain a leading presence for their congregations. It might be a confidence issue, or they worry about getting in the way of God and “humble” themselves too much, trying to become invisible.
What can we do to help create an environment to help our people worship?
Podcast: Churches that grow beyond 1,000 in attendance are today among a radical minority. In fact, 98% of all churches never reach this size. Effective and growing Kids’ Ministry is one of the things evident across the board in churches that have smashed the 1,000 barrier.
One valuable benefit for LED screens is that they offer a much higher visible contrast ratio, versus projecting onto a white screen, as is done with projection.