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Does Your Church Have These Barriers to Visitors?

Recently I visited a church where I had to jump over a few unnecessary hurdles before I finally took my seat in their worship service. Does your church have any of these barriers to visitors? Ineffective website. Right off the bat, I almost couldn’t find this church’s website – it…

Why You Should Record The Sermon

BJ McCurdy from Media Outreach explains why you should be recording your pastor’s sermon: Most churches these days will record the audio of all or at least some portion of their worship service. I am going to spend a few weeks describing some tips, hardware and wisdom on recording audio…

Using Scripture In Contemporary Worship

Worship leader Gary Durbin shares how he makes an effort to use Scripture in his praise sets: About 10 years ago I started my first job as a worship leader in a church. I was 24, green and eager to grow. I went to my first music conference shortly after,…

Is It Starbucks or Is It Church?

Tony Morgan has some great thoughts about his recent visit to Starbucks and how it relates to church outreach. Continue reading.

The Idol of Worship

Joe Cameneti Jr. of allaboutworship.com talks about when worship leaders start worshiping the act of leading worship: I’m convinced that songwriters, worship leaders and even music enthusiasts can fall so in love with the act of worship that it can become just that… simply an act. I want to be…

Beef Up Your Band with Digital Musicians

Matthew Starner talks about using tracks with the church praise band: Generally speaking, I’m not in favor of replacing key instruments digitally. Our normal team consists of drums, bass, electric guitar and keyboard. Even if one of them were missing, I wouldn’t be comfortable replacing any of them with digital…

Should Churches Hire Family Members?

Url Scaramanga from outofur.com discusses a possible cause of the decline of the Crystal Cathedral – nepotism: The post mortem on the Crystal Cathedral continues. The iconic southern California megachurch pastored by Robert H. Schuller once represented the innovative and market-savvy dexterity of American Christianity. Schuller started his church at…

Where I Go for New Worship Songs

Matthew Starner reveals how and where he finds the best worship songs for his congregation: There’s no shortage of songs that you could play in worship. The challenge is finding good ones and that’s why it’s important to have a process by which you can objectively evaluate your potential songs.…

What I Learned from Aristotle about Leading Congregational Worship

Bob Kauflin has a great post on leading worship, bringing up a few thoughts that have never occurred to me: Specifically, I haven’t learned anything from Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) about leading congregational worship that I didn’t learn first in Scripture. But in his day, Aristotle sought to help speakers…

5 Reasons Ministers Are (More) Vulnerable to Sexual Temptation

Jeff Fisher of PorntoPurity.com writes about temptations: Let me start off by saying, no one is immune to sexual temptation. It doesn’t matter what your job is, how old you are, or how much time you spend with Jesus each day. We all have the potential to fall sexually. Even…

Free & Essential Android Apps for Worship Leaders

Indian worship leader Gangai Victor writes about Android Apps for worship leaders: Here in India, buying an iPhone is more or less like buying a Rolls Royce. That’s why Nokia smart-phones used to sell like hot cakes – before the advent of Android that is. Android became a game changer…

7 Phrases a Pastor Should Regularly Say Off-Stage

Pastor and blogger Ben Reed writes about the things a pastor should regularly be in the habit of saying: 1. I’ll return that email tomorrow. There are certain things that are pressing in nature. Everything else should be relegated to email…which can be checked and responded to tomorrow. Rome wasn’t…

Guidelines and Qualifications for Praise Teams

Adapted from Tom Kraeuter’s “Developing an Effective Worship Ministry” by the ExperiencingWorship.com’s staff: 1. Probationary period – There will ordinarily be a minimum of a six week probationary period during which the individual will attend practice sessions but will not play or sing with the team on Saturdays or Sundays.…

Finding Good Worship Songs

Matthew Starner, Director of Worship & Arts at Journey of Faith in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a few ideas for selecting quality worship songs: There are times when I look at the traditional church and think to myself that they might be onto something. Just think about how it works…
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