articles

3 Reasons To Not Take That New Job

Before you jump at that new leadership position you’ve been offered, consider three reasons you should consider staying right where you are. You see, there are certain elements in a leader’s development that only accrue when one has remained in the same organization for six, seven, eight years or more. When you…

Small Church Music Style

Rick Muchow answers the question: “Do you think it’s wise in a “small” church to have such a diversity in musical style like you do at Saddleback or should the Worship teams try to be aligned and consistent in the same style?” Continue reading.

How to Not Be Discouraged With Your Church

Alan Danielson on ministry expectations: Most people, pastors and laypeople alike, become disappointed with their church. It’s inevitable. People are flawed and since churches are made up of people, churches are flawed. If we’re not careful, though, this disappointment can turn into discouragement, frustration and anger. So if disappointment is…

Worship Planning: To Theme or Not To Theme?

Dan Leverence on crafting your praise set: Several months ago, I attended a large gathering of worship leaders and during one of the sessions, someone introduced themselves by saying, “Hi, I’m __________ and I’m a recovering thematic worship planner.” I didn’t realize that thematic worship planning had become taboo and…

How to Start On Time (and Get People to Show Up On Time)

Jon Nicol on starting your services promptly: We aren’t naive about what it takes to change something that’s not only ingrained in the culture of our church, but in the broader culture of our community. So we’re taking a long, slow, multifaceted approach to changing our culture of tardiness. 7…

Worship Leader…Get A Real Job!

David Manner on part time worship leaders: Now that I have your undivided attention, I do believe that full-time worship ministry is indeed a worthy calling and vocation that requires preparation, education and skills. And yes, it is a real job. But what if opportunities were no longer available for…

Thoughts On Worship Hits

Bob Kauflin on choosing popular worship songs: If you’re a worship leader or music minister there’s a good chance you’ve heard another leader talking about the new song they just introduced. They describe it as the most “incredible, life-changing, awesome, heaven-releasing, God-calling-down, what-you-haven’t-heard-it-yet” song they’ve ever done. You heart sinks…

The Number One Reason for the Decline in Church Attendance

Thom Rainer on ministry growth: Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing. Most of us have our own ideas why attendance is declining. Many have suggested that our…

Tips For Public Scripture Reading

The state of the contemporary church 2013: I wrote an article last week encouraging churches to use church music in church. This week I’m on a campaign to encourage churches to use Scripture in their worship. I played for a few years at a local megachurch and my parents attended…

Should Pastors Speak Longer Than Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount?

A seminary student arguing for shorter, more viral sermons, in the area of 18-minutes long, claimed that pastors are not following Christ’s most famous example in the way they preach, pointing to the Sermon on the Mount. But three pastors remain unconvinced, and denounced the argument as unbiblical and misguided…

Worship Leader: You Really Don’t Need To Talk That Much

Jamie Brown on letting your songs speak for themselves: Good news for worship leaders all over the world: there’s no reason for you to do much talking. Seriously. You really don’t need to talk that much. Ask yourself: how many times per month/per Sunday/per service do I interrupt the flow…

Why Off-Pitch Pat Shouldn’t Be Singing On Your Worship Team

Here’s an excerpt from an article by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy that addresses an issue many worship leaders struggle with – why you shouldn’t let just anybody join the praise team. I was taught to cook at twelve years old, and was allowed to “practice” on my family. Everyone…

Is the New Evangelical Liturgy Really an Improvement?

Kevin DeYoung on contemporary service orders: Every church has a liturgy. Traditional congregations have a general order to worship. So do contemporary congregations. So do funky, artistic ones. Church leaders do not have time to reinvent their services every week. Congregations are not capable of learning new forms, new songs,…

Tips On Transitioning Worship Style

Nic Cook on yesteryear’s worship wars: So you’ve taken that new job and you’re trying to figure out how to make some much needed transitions without causing yourself or your church unnecessary “bloodshed”. I’ve been talking to some worship minister friends of mine who are either in this phase of…

The Myth of the Perfect Millennial Church

Caryn Rivadeneira, Sharon Hodde Miller and Megan Hill share their perspectives on young people and the church: As a true sign that I am getting old, Rachel Held Evans’s uber-popular CNN post Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church brought about a wistful, nostalgic response in me: Ah, to be young…

worshipideas:

Essential reading for worship leaders since 2002.

 

Get the latest worship news, ideas and a list

of the top CCLI songs delivered every Tuesday... for FREE!