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Rethinking Worship Wars

Justin Deeter on worship wars: The worship wars never seem to end. Although they have slowed down in recent years, I remember in my own lifetime, during the 90s in particular, where the battle for worship style was intense. In general, there seems to be two different camps: traditional and…

Beware of the Stage

A word from worship leader Paul Baloche about rock star worship leaders: Within our American Idol/Rock Star culture, often the goal is all about having–and keeping–the spotlight. As Christians, we belong to a least-is-the-greatest kingdom that pronounces the exact opposite, and yet worship leaders must regularly wrestle with the dynamics…

Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain

A warning for churches who live and die by their comments cards: Do you hate it when people complain? It turns out there’s a good reason: Listening to too much complaining is bad for your brain in multiple ways, according to Trevor Blake, a serial entrepreneur and author of Three…

A Sound Tech’s Thorn in the Side: House Volume Level

Chris Huff at BehindTheMixer.com talks about church sound: If ever there was a thorn in the side of a sound tech, it would be one labeled VOLUME. A couple of days ago, I talked about balancing the stage volume with house volume. But that’s not the volume thorn I’m discussing.…

Gear & Tips for Worship Guitarists

Travis Motley describes the gear of top worship guitarists: The church guitar player or the “worship” guitar player has become something very common and similar in the topic of gear. Many are using the same pedals, guitars and amps because of what they hear on albums. It almost seems to…

5 Ways to Still Lead a Worship Service Without Musicians

Worship leader Fred McKinnon posts about finding musicians: How do you plan music for a service when the musicians are all on vacation, and the only ones left to lead are vocalists? Luckily, I’m a musician myself so I’m never totally without any musical help but I can certainly relate…

End of Summer Worship Freebies!

Check out this week’s issue of the WorshipIdeas newsletter for a link to some awesome worship freebies – videos and an amazing free ebook on using Facebook for your ministry! If you don’t receive the newsletter, sign up for it here, for free.

A Vote for Clicks and Multitracks!

Last week Allan Clarke from The Journey in Dayton, OH posted a comment that was so good I asked him if I could make it into an article! He graciously agreed and here’s his vote for clicks and multitracks: I’m in my 41st year as a contemporary worship leader…. I…

Choosing A Facebook Cover Photo for Your Church

Jerod at ChurchJuice.com has some great visual examples on how to create a good looking Facebook page for your church: One of the biggest changes Facebook has made in recent memory is the switch to Timeline. With that came the ability to upload a cover photo that displays across the…

Lessons for the Church from the 2012 Olympics

Kevin D. Hendricks writes that the Olympics offer three lessons for churches: 1. Tell a Story: First and foremost, the Olympics is about story. Some people complain that ‘story’ is too much of a buzz word lately, but the fact remains that story matters. Despite complaints about NBC’s coverage of…

Why Thursday Deadlines Make for Better Sundays at Church

The following is an excerpt from Engage by Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley, with Jennifer Dykes Henson. The first church I pastored was a small Baptist church in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was a 21-year-old kid. The night they voted to call me as pastor, a whopping fifteen people were…

5 Ways to Know When to Walk Away from Ministry

Research and analysis done by many psychologists shows that humans get an itch for significant change every 7 to 10 years. Some believe part of this is related to how our cells regenerate every 7 years. We change half of our main friendships every 7 years. Obviously all this is…

10 Secrets to Grow Your Worship Team

Trying to grow a worship team can be like nailing Jell-O to the wall. It’s nebulous. And frustrating. And can even be demoralizing. But I want to encourage you and help you get your growth-mode juices flowing. Contained in this list are some ideas, strategies and tactics. But remember: what…

The Good (and Bad) News About Small Church Worship Ministry

Worship leader Jon Nicola is right on in this article: I always like to hear the bad news first. Don’t sugar-coat it. Just lay it on me so I can deal with it. So for those of you who are like me, here’s the bad news about small church worship…
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