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Hide The Seams: Music Flow in Corporate Worship

Worship leader Stephen Miller on worship flow: My friend Roger is the head of a ministry organization that runs hundreds of incredible student conferences each year. As such, he has the privilege of constantly working with some of the most talented worship leaders in the world. Roger once told me,…

An Example of Why Churches are Stuck

Tony Morgan on reaching Millennials: There’s a reason why churches and denominations are in decline. We continue to be religious about using the same methods hoping and praying they’ll somehow generate different results. That’s a recipe for decline and ultimately death. Continue reading. And don’t miss this report on Millennials…

9 Common Church Change Mistakes

Q: It seems to me that I’ve seen more churches damaged when a pastor attempts to lead change than I have churches made stronger and effective. Why is this? What are some of the common mistakes that derail a positive transition? A: It’s true. The church world is littered with…

Worship Excellence vs Worship Ministry – Which One Are You?

Is your worship based on excellence or ministry? Dan Navarra discusses both. Since basically the introduction of contemporary music to the Church some fifty years ago, the worship team has become a central part of how the church goes about its ministry. Pastors all over the world aspire to have…

Long Winded Worship Leaders

One of my worship pet peeves are worship leaders who think they need to preach a mini sermon in-between the songs, or ramble on with no preparation. If you want to preach head to the nearest seminary. Otherwise, keep it short and succinct. Dr. David W. Manner, Director of Worship…

Amazing, Free Chord Analyzer!

Check this out – upload a worship MP3 to this website, wait a few hours and they’ll email back a link with the chords! I tried it with one of the free song downloads here at WorshipIdeas – We Have Risen. See how chords.fm detected the chords in the song…

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Should We Play Music Behind People Praying?

Worship thinker Bob Kauflin shares his thoughts on the subject of worship underscoring: Someone in my church recently sent me an email asking why we play music behind different portions of the Sunday meeting (prayers, baptisms, readings, etc.). It’s a good question. We can be influenced by our musically addicted…

10 Organizations Creating Great Worship Music

Catalyst director Brad Lomenick lists his top picks for worship music: Here are some organizations (churches primarily), that in my opinion, are writing, creating, singing and releasing great songs for the entire Church around the world to sing. This is not an exhaustive list or a top ten list. Just…

The Secret Multiracial Churches Know About Music

So you want to have a multiracial, multicultural church. Music, you decide, is an important vehicle to get there. But what type of music? This is the core question of Gerardo Marti’s fascinating new book, Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation (Oxford University Press), and…

In 4 Sentences, John Wesley Teaches You How To Sing In Church

“Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the…

Confessions of a Worship Hipster

Newspring Church worship leader Lee McDerment writes an article every young worship leader needs to read: The quickest way to achieve your personal ministry dream, is to let it die. If you’re a worship leader, and you’re decent, then you’re having lots of people tell you how awesome you are…

Why You Must Lead Worship Like a Boy Scout

How the motto “Be Prepared” can come in handy for worship leaders. As a kid, my mom wanted to make sure that my brother and I had significant male role modeling in our lives since she was raising us on her own. Beavers, Cubs, and Boy Scouts were a normal…

The Church and Homosexuality: Ten Commitments

Homosexuality is gearing up to be THE issue the Church will face. Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, has some great thoughts on the subject: Of the many complexities involving the church and homosexuality, one of the most difficult is how the former should…
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