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Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday

I call Thanksgiving “The Forgotten Holiday.” Retailers are so eager to get Christmas sales they overlook it and worship leaders are so busy getting ready for Christmas they neglect it. In hard times when many people are unemployed it might seen counterintuitive to give thanks – especially when you’re having…

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Are You a Worship Leader or a Worship Pastor?

David Santistevan writes about the role of a worship leader: Worship leader, I have an important question for you today. How do you view your role? Worship leading isn’t just for those with exceptional musical talent and the charisma to “work a room”. It’s all about being a pastor. When…

Meet Worship Songwriter Bob Kilpatrick

Bob Kilpatrick is a communicator based in Fair Oaks, California whose achievements and gifts are nothing short of head-spinning. He is the composer of one of the most popular worship songs of the modern age, “In My Life Lord Be Glorified”. He is a radio presenter whose Time Out With…

What Is a Successful Worship Leader?

Worship Leader magazine columnist Mark D. Roberts writes about what makes for a successful worship leader. Successful worship leadership facilitates successful worship. If you are a worship leader, you have led well if those who have followed your leadership have offered themselves to God genuinely. Notice what successful worship leadership…

Worship Drums: Find the Downbeat!

Back in the days of piano/organ I vividly recall playing along with a mindless organist who couldn’t find the downbeat. It was unreal – I felt like pulling out my hair because he simply couldn’t play a song with the right number of beats in the measure and I was…

Barna: Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

Many parents and church leaders wonder how to most effectively cultivate durable faith in the lives of young people. A five-year project headed by Barna Group president David Kinnaman explores the opportunities and challenges of faith development among teens and young adults within a rapidly shifting culture. Read the six…

3 Spiritual Growth Check-Points Your Worship Team Needs

As worship leaders we can get so distracted with the nuts and bolts of the job – creating the perfect praise set, charts, rehearsals and administration tasks –  that we forget to spiritually lead our people. Jason Hatley at WorshipLeaderInsights.com gives three steps for helping your worship team grow spiritually.…

Top 10 Pet Peeves About Worship Leaders

Worship leader/blogger Carlos Whittaker recently asked people to name their peeves about worship leaders. ChurchRelevance.com summed up the responses into the 10 top pet peeves. I’d have to agree with all of them. My two top peeves are worship leaders who order me to stand, sit and raise my hands.…

Why Your Church Is Small: Leadership

Tony Morgan is dissecting church growth – something I’ve very interested in myself. I’ve always believed the size of a church is directly proportional to the leadership in that church. In my own experience, I recall being at an exciting, growing young church only to see progress halt when the ministry became…

Ten Signs You Are Near A Burnout/Meltdown

Pastor Perry Noble of Newspring Church talks about burnout in ministry: My counselor shared a statistic with me two years ago that floored me…90% of the people entering ministry DO NOT RETIRE from ministry, they either quit or have some sort of moral/ethical failure that disqualifies them. Continue reading at…

Who’s Driving?

I was recently talking to a worship leader with a dilemma: everyone in his band plays their instrument for all they’re worth, all the time, for every song. It’s a typical problem – volunteer musicians want to be doing something on stage every minute. But good music is about dynamics…

Worship Shoes?

Flying back from recording in LA a few weeks ago I sat next to a guy with the most unusual shoes. “Where’d you get those?” I asked. “They’re my company!” He replied. He’d been at some shoe trade shoe showing off his product – Piro Shoes. He was quite proud…

4 Fast Measurements To Tell If Your Worship Is Going South

A tape measure is the carpenter’s best friend. As the saying goes, “Measure twice, cut once.” Knowing where you are and what you’ve got can go a long way in reevaluating your worship strategy for the future. This might help. Did you recently start including the children (you know, Sunday…

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