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Coolest Easter Ideas

ChurchMarketingSucks.com asks their readers for their favorite Easter ideas – read more.

Children’s Ministry Ideas: Find Great Worship for Children

Matt Guevara of the Cory Center for Children’s Ministry talks about finding worship music that will keep children engaged: Here’s what to listen for: Action. Does the music move you? Is the rhythm and sound so catchy that it will get a 4th grade boy up out of his chair?…

Essential Tips for Projected Worship Lyrics

Open your software of choice. Add the lyrics. Play. So is the preparation of the typical church using lyrics presentation software. It works. The lyrics are on screen and God is sung to and about. But what if a few simple treatments could be applied between “Add the lyrics” and…

Bring Back the Worship Wars!

Tyler Braun writes that worship wars might be a good thing: Someone asked me recently what the current discussions were surrounding the “worship wars.” I told him that I honestly thought, despite there being pockets where this war was ongoing, the war (especially in the western US) is over. For…

An Open Letter to Praise Bands

I think we may be approaching a tipping point in worship. Along the lines of my article last week, as our production values increase so has our propensity to be more “professional.” And that usually means “be as much like a rock concert as possible.” In other words: ear-splitting music…

11 Ways To Make Your Worship Leading Suck Less

Carlos Whittaker, ever the genius at composing provocative worship post titles, blurts out some really good points: 1. Memorize the lyrics. The confidence monitor has become the worship leaders worst enemy. People want to see your eyes during a song. 2. Change up your schtick. If I say “Do You…

5 Ways To Use Technology At Your Church

Matthew Starner, Director of Worship & Arts at Journey of Faith in Grand Rapids, Michigan gives 5 unique tips for technology: 5. Get On Facebook Unless you’ve been under a technological rock for the last 5 years, Facebook is pretty much the biggest thing since, well, the internet. Right now, Facebook boasts…

Bridging the Generations in Worship

Tom McDonald from Enrichment Journal writes about ministering to multiple generations: I was driving to the office recently and noticed an intriguing church sign: “We are traditional at 8 a.m. We are contemporary at 9 a.m. We are blended at 11 a.m.” The sign reminded me of an ad I…

5 Reasons to Use Liturgical Music With Contemporary Worship

HighStreetHymns’ Alex Mejias writes about liturgical music and contemporary worship: 1. Liturgical music is Biblical. The Bible is full of liturgical songs – “benedictions, prayers, creeds, eulogies, responses and doxologies” (Paul S. Jones, Singing and Making Music) to name a few. And the use of ceremonial music goes back to…

3 Worship Media Tips

FaithHighway’s BJ McCurdy writes about Church Media: Many churches these days have ventured into the world of incorporating technology into their worship services. Most often, this comes in the form of videos and presentation software to put song lyrics on screens. Here are a few suggestions about effectively using media…

How To Get Men Back In Church

David Murrow writes about the lack of men in church: In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a shortage of young single men in church today. And things seem to be getting worse. First-grade Sunday school classes have just as many boys as girls. But over the next dozen years, young…

What is the GQ (God Quotient) of Our Worship Songs?

Worship leader Mark Snyder offers tips on worship songwriting: Worship songs are an area of vastly differing opinions. Evaluating what works and what doesn’t can be very subjective. One sentiment I hear and read all the time is ‘let’s take the focus off of us, or I, or me, and…

The Difference Between Ancient-Future and Blended Worship

Taylor Burton-Edwards discusses the differences between “Ancient-Modern” and “Blended” worhship: Ancient-future and “blended” are very different kinds of animals, at least as those two terms are usually used. Ancient-future reflects the work of really two separate 19th and early 20th century ecumenical movements that were mostly parallel, and then came…

5 Ways to Lead Your Team Spiritually, Not Just Musically

Worship leader Rob Rash writes about leading your team: How Are You Leading Your Team… Spiritually? This is an area of ministry that often gets overlooked yet is absolutely vital for a healthy team. It’s really easy to mis place the priority of spiritual leadership in both our families and…
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