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9 Marks of a Healthy Worship Leader

Alex Duke lists nine must-haves for anyone leading a congregation: My local church is in search of a worship leader. To that end, our senior pastor cobbled together a group of 12 members for a Worship Leader Search Committee. Despite my musical ineptitude, I was among those asked to serve.…

The Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the U.S. in 2014

Barna’s latest study examines a combination of regular Bible reading with belief in the Bible’s accuracy across the top 100 metropolitan areas. The social, economic and political values of any given city compose a richly distinct cultural climate—but what about the spiritual values? How does one city differ in spiritual…

How To Handle Auditions When You Have To Say “No”

I love this article: David Santistevan hits it out of the park: It started out with an email and ended in heartbreak. You know what I’m talking about. A beautiful soul with total confidence wants to join your worship team as a vocalist. The only problem is, they can’t sing.…

The New Sound of Contemporary Worship

Matthew Sigler analyzes the two styles in today’s worship: Michael Hawn, a professor of church music at Perkins School of Theology, uses two basic categories when speaking about music in the church: cyclical and sequential. Cyclical music is typically made up of short texts supported by a simple melody that…

Worship in Worship

Craig Gilbert asks: As a worship leader, how much worship can I actually do while leading? I was asked this question: As a worship leader, how much worship can I actually do while leading? It seems like my mind is always on the band, or the flow, or the time,…

3 Keys to Organic Stage Design + DIY Ideas

Taylor Blomquist offers staging tips for your worship ministry: Intimacy, honesty, and transparency are keys to creating organic and authentic worship. Our organic worship blog series gives you the secrets of creating a heartfelt worship experience in a collective setting. The best part—we focus on DIY ideas, so it won’t…

Musical Theory for the Church: Outdated or Relevant?

This Hillsong United musician may surprise you: I’ve been thinking lots about our 10 campuses here in Australia, thinking about the musicians and singers that join our team, the variety of skill level we encounter, the variety of programs/opportunities we have on a regular basis, the 52 different services we…

Do We Still Need Choirs?

Mark Condon says: yes! “Do We Still Need Choirs? I am asked almost every week in my travels about choirs vs. praise teams. Is choir still relevant? Should we keep working to make this happen? Are we behind-the-times by having a choir? My answer in short is YES, we still…

A Reason to be Suspicious of Worship Bands

Zac Hicks wonders if modern evangelicals are looking more like medieval Roman Catholics than Protestants: I was at a worship concert a few years ago with a friend who remarked that the leader up front was singing in such a beautiful and un-follow-able manner that all my friend felt encouraged…

Let the People Sing!

Shelly Johnson on struggling with your set list: It’s the age-old question that perhaps every worship pastor and worship leader wrestles with at some point in their ministry. A question with no clear-cut answer, no formulaic solution. It’s up for debate and strong arguments could be made on all sides.…

Top 12 Pastor Stunts

David Gibson lists the crazy things pastors do to draw a crowd: A California pastor made headlines this month when he announced that he will live like an atheist for a year to see what it’s like on the other side of belief. But Ryan Bell is actually just the…

What Kind of Songs Should You Lead in 2014?

Bob Kauflin encourages us to choose singable songs for our congregations: I’ve read a number of posts and articles about how to determine what’s best for your congregation to sing. Kevin DeYoung did a two part series a couple years ago here and here that was excellent. As the new…

In Defense Of Simple Contemporary Worship Songs

Bobby Gilles brings to light an interesting quote on musical complexity: Kristen and I have written often about the need for theologically sound, gospel-centered lyrics in our worship songs. It’s important that our songs enable us to “teach and admonish one another” (Col. 3:16) as we praise the only true…

The Issue of Age in Modern Worship

Manuel Luz discusses the definition of “church:” something that happens or a community of believers: I’m witnessing a growing trend in some churches these days. And that is to quietly retire older worship leaders and musicians in favor of younger, more hip-looking equivalents. And let me be clear on this:…

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