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Evangelistic Worship

Dr. Timothy Keller of Redeemer Church in New York City writes that worship isn’t just about honoring tradition or keeping up with culture, it’s about attracting nonbelievers through comprehensible worship and leading those people to personal commitment. One of the basic features of church life in the United States today…

Do You Have Blended Or Modern Vocals?

I had dinner with some friends the other night – we had formed a singing group around the turn of the century and led worship in churches with some of my songs. For old time’s sake we gathered around the keyboard and sang our “hits.” One in particular, Grace to…

Pendulum Swing: Horizontal Worship

I remember a few short years ago when the contemporary worship wave hit the church, the big thrill was that we actually got to sing TO God (vertical) instead of singing ABOUT God (horizontal). I worked at one church where the worship leader enthusiastically threw out all the horizontal songs.…

Review: Hillsong’s “God Is Able”

Hillsong’s latest recording God Is Able is jangly-guitar heaven made up mostly of ballads and mid-tempo tunes. The lone, full-on rocker The Difference has the typical United feel, and while useable in worship, didn’t stand out to me. Hillsong is with WorshipTogether now? Maybe that’s one reason Integrity has been…

Four Copycat Sins Churches Commit In Worship

At a recent Hillsong concert the guy I stood next to said “this sounds like every church in America.” He’s right – in the quest to become cool and relevant most churches have adopted the jangly-guitar style of worship. This isn’t a bad thing as most people love jangly guitars…

How To Leave Your Church

You have gone through much struggle, agony, prayer and counsel – and you’ve come to a point where you feel that you need to move on from your church. Ok, but your next steps are the most important – leaving well and in a way that doesn’t bring destruction and…

Building A Praise Team

by Joe Glass I played the bass guitar in my first garage band when I was 12 years old. It was the early 70’s, and the ‘Peppermint Wave,’ as we called ourselves, was very popular at local birthday parties, picnics, and gas station openings. Our rendition of ‘Wipeout’ was truly…

Review: Charlie Hall “The Rising”

I recently became interested in Charlie Hall’s music after recording with his guitarist Kendall Combes. His latest CD, The Rising has become a favorite of mine lately – I play it frequently and the songs are continually going through my head. Charlie has always been thought of as being on a…

10 Things I’ve Learned from 10 Years in Ministry

Blogger and church communications director Tim Schraeder shares ten lessons he’s learned in ten years of ministry, including “Surrender your ego at the door” and “Submit to the vision and to your leaders.” Read more at his webiste TimSchraeder.com.

Nancy Beach: The Role of the Arts in Worship

Nancy Beach, programming director for Willow Creek Community Church for over 20 years, talks about the role of the arts in worship: “We come to church to learn about truth, but also to be inspired, to be lifted, and to be moved. And the arts move us! Our goal should…

Are You A Professional Worship Leader?

Worship leader Fred McKinnon posted this article on his blog, and has given us permission to reprint it here at WorshipIdeas. You can design a masterful flow of songs… You can recite Scripture, encourage, and effortlessly transition between songs… You can close your eyes, raise your hands, and demonstrate physical acts…

Click Track Philosophy

Are you ready to take the next step in the quality of your worship music? I’ve seen firsthand how a click track can take an average group of amateurs and turn them into something special. Any time changes are tried in ministry, even for the better, you’ll be met with…

Break Free From Praise Band Boredom

Try freshening up the recorded versions of popular praise songs with these tips from worship leader Rob Rash: Leading worship is a great and wonderful responsibility. We have to maintain creativity with song and structural integrity. So how do you balance creativity over being a worship cover band? It’s a…

In-Ear Monitoring Systems for Worship

When I started with click tracks and loops many years ago I began with a super simple (and primitive) setup. I’d create a drum loop in my software (Stylus), burn a CD and play it from a portable CD player on my keyboard. The drum loop would be fed mainly…
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