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6 Principles to Guide Your Worship Service

Pastor Joe Thorn shares ideas on planning: CHRISTOCENTRIC: We have no interest in offering generic worship to a generic deity who only goes by the names “You,” “Him,” and “He.” As Christians we are worshipping our “great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” and everything in our worship gathering is leading…

An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI

Russell D. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, talks about the Pope’s resignation: With Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation this morning, evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might…

7 Crucial Tips For Background Vocalists

Here are seven tips for background vocalists that I’ve learned through years of singing in worship teams and bands. Although my advice is specific to church worship ministries, most of it applies to anyone who sings background vocals (BGV). 1) Allow the lead vocalist to sing the first verse alone……

Sorrowful Worship Songs?

Tom Lawson on the lack of sad worship songs: I really would like to hear some sorry church music this coming Sunday. Honestly. But, chances are, since I’m going to be in the worship service of an Bible-believing Evangelical church, I won’t. What a shame. What I will hear will…

Tips for Paying Musicians

Stephen M. Newman on paying musicians: Several things to look at when considering whether or not to hire musicians for worship: 1) What is the individual’s motivation for serving? If it’s for a paycheck, you probably won’t get what you need from them. You may get great music, but the…

The Endangered Electric Guitarist

Today over lunch, I had a conversation with a fellow worship leader that has become recurring. If I’ve had it once over the last year, I’ve had it at least ten times: why is it so hard to find good electric guitar players? As a worship and arts ministry leader,…

Why Theology Matters to Musicians

Bob Kauflin on theology: When Christian musicians get together, we tend to assume we all have our theology down and we can focus on honing our chops, discovering new gear, and improving our techniques and methodologies. Or maybe we think that theology isn’t that important. Whatever the reason, I wanted…

Church Song Lyrics: Wider-Screen

Anthony Coppedge on why you should be using the wide screen format for your church projection: Back in 2002 I wrote a widely-publicized article about all churches needing to make the move to 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen. Almost 11 years later, it turns out I was almost right. The idea…

The Death of the Mall and the Future of Church Buildings

Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources: I remember the first time I went to a mall. Raised in a small town in the southeastern section of Alabama, I was amazed when I went to the “big city” mall in Montgomery. All the stores were under…

The Decline of the Organ

The following material was presented in the doctoral colloquium at Southwestern Baptist Seminary on October 20, 2012. Do you think there’s hope for organs? I doubt it – they’re too expensive, few musicians can play it properly and, most importantly, the average person simply doesn’t like organ music. What are…

Five Things You Should Know About Pastor’s Salaries

Dr. Thom S. Rainer on paying pastors: In many churches, the pastor’s salary is a quiet issue. There is a sense of discomfort from both the pastor and the members when the topic is broached. Such discomfort is unfortunate, however, because a number of churches will not seek every year…

The Church In 2062

David Murrow gives some fascinating and believable predictions about the the church in 50 years. I’m hoping for a robotic praise band who will show up on time and play in time! Only God knows the future. But if current trends in Christianity continue, we can expect great change in…

Ten Common Things Church Members Communicate to Pastors

Pastors are like information sponges. If they aren’t studying, they are receiving a regular deluge of information from church members. I asked twenty-two pastors to share with me the most common items they hear from their church members. In the past, this information came in the form of letters, in-person…

Does Your Church Lobby Turn Off Visitors?

Steve Law on musty church lobbies: Your church lobby tells new people in about 3 seconds the kind of people that your church wants to have. Okay, maybe just 2 seconds. It is really, really, really fast and most churches do not even know what they’re doing. I walked into…

Poll: Christmas Music Enjoyed by 70 Percent of Americans

Does your church think it’s too cool to sing Christmas music… at Christmas? You might want to rethink that. Christmas music is nearly inescapable every December — and according to a new LifeWay Research study, most Americans enjoy it, Baptist Press reports. According to the poll, 70 percent of Americans…
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