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Worship Moviemaking

Doug Lawrence at ChurchCentral.com compares worship planning to the movie making process: Classic Story: There is no story as compelling as God’s Word. There is no human emotion or troubling dilemma left out of its vibrant chapters. Producers always have to start with a really good story—not a problem for…

20 Most Influential Worship Albums

Worship Leader Magazine lists their picks for the top 20 worship albums of the past 20 years: 20. Offerings Third Day Essential Records (2000) 19. Break Through: Live At Saddleback Tommy Walker (2006) 18. Eternity Misty Edwards Forerunner Music (2003) 17. Worship Michael W Smith Reunion Records (2001) 16. Hungry…

Planning Powerful Worship Sets

Worship leader Rob Still offers ideas for richer worship. My experience is that planning worship is a mixture of practicing theology, musical artistry, and understanding human dynamics. I’d like to add these morsels to the buffet of ideas. Bon appetite! 1) Express Our worship must proclaim theological truth. We tell…

3 Radical Worship Ideas

Doug Lawrence of ChurchCentral.com offers 3 unique ideas for shaking up your service. Especially touching is the video about the end of a particular Methodist ministry. When I was a child, I thought as a child, and had lots of ideas, but when I grew up and worked in a…

Does Your Church Have These Barriers to Visitors?

Recently I visited a church where I had to jump over a few unnecessary hurdles before I finally took my seat in their worship service. Does your church have any of these barriers to visitors? Ineffective website. Right off the bat, I almost couldn’t find this church’s website – it…

Why You Should Record The Sermon

BJ McCurdy from Media Outreach explains why you should be recording your pastor’s sermon: Most churches these days will record the audio of all or at least some portion of their worship service. I am going to spend a few weeks describing some tips, hardware and wisdom on recording audio…

Using Scripture In Contemporary Worship

Worship leader Gary Durbin shares how he makes an effort to use Scripture in his praise sets: About 10 years ago I started my first job as a worship leader in a church. I was 24, green and eager to grow. I went to my first music conference shortly after,…

Is It Starbucks or Is It Church?

Tony Morgan has some great thoughts about his recent visit to Starbucks and how it relates to church outreach. Continue reading.

The Idol of Worship

Joe Cameneti Jr. of allaboutworship.com talks about when worship leaders start worshiping the act of leading worship: I’m convinced that songwriters, worship leaders and even music enthusiasts can fall so in love with the act of worship that it can become just that… simply an act. I want to be…

Beef Up Your Band with Digital Musicians

Matthew Starner talks about using tracks with the church praise band: Generally speaking, I’m not in favor of replacing key instruments digitally. Our normal team consists of drums, bass, electric guitar and keyboard. Even if one of them were missing, I wouldn’t be comfortable replacing any of them with digital…

Should Churches Hire Family Members?

Url Scaramanga from outofur.com discusses a possible cause of the decline of the Crystal Cathedral – nepotism: The post mortem on the Crystal Cathedral continues. The iconic southern California megachurch pastored by Robert H. Schuller once represented the innovative and market-savvy dexterity of American Christianity. Schuller started his church at…

Where I Go for New Worship Songs

Matthew Starner reveals how and where he finds the best worship songs for his congregation: There’s no shortage of songs that you could play in worship. The challenge is finding good ones and that’s why it’s important to have a process by which you can objectively evaluate your potential songs.…

What I Learned from Aristotle about Leading Congregational Worship

Bob Kauflin has a great post on leading worship, bringing up a few thoughts that have never occurred to me: Specifically, I haven’t learned anything from Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) about leading congregational worship that I didn’t learn first in Scripture. But in his day, Aristotle sought to help speakers…

5 Reasons Ministers Are (More) Vulnerable to Sexual Temptation

Jeff Fisher of PorntoPurity.com writes about temptations: Let me start off by saying, no one is immune to sexual temptation. It doesn’t matter what your job is, how old you are, or how much time you spend with Jesus each day. We all have the potential to fall sexually. Even…
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