With a little creative thinking and a fuller understanding of its biblical precedent, your church’s New Year celebration can become an anticipated time of outreach, fellowship, and worship.
In many contemporary worship leadership circles big seasonal productions have fallen into disfavor.
The spirit of our age wages war on Christmas at every turn, even as stockings are quietly hung by the chimney with care. Christmas worship can be used by God to help us win this battle within us, and by extension, in the world around us.
That haunting melody. That simple chord progression. That powerful word. The legacy of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen lives on and on. And of course, the Christmas Version will undoubtedly be covered countless times in the next couple weeks in our churches.
Coming up with fresh ideas for your church’s Christmas Eve service can be tough… What can you do that hasn’t already been done!?
Jesus said, “Without me, you can’t pull off the Christmas program.” Well, that’s not an exact quote but it does align with John 15 for sure.
Post this on your refrigerator or on the worship team’s rehearsal room walls.
The last thing the Church needs is a skilled musician who has unqualified character to lead their local church.
Kenny Lamm shares a few resources to help you in your celebration of Advent. Some will help you in your worship planning; others will help you in your church and family devotionals.
It’s the time of year when music ministries in many churches go into another gear. Those lingering days of November bleed into December and the countdown clock to the Christmas programs at church are staring us down. It can be a wonderful time, or an awful one.
If we could live a thousand years, and experience a thousand relationships in the thousand times and places and cultures, perhaps we wouldn’t need books in order to (eventually) become wise. But our lives are short, and God has been merciful to give us many places, many times, many cultures,…
As churches shifted toward more strategic outreach, and as church leaders became attentive to their branding and communications, church names started to become more reflective of the people and culture inside rather than their place on the map.
Before you’re a musician…before you’re a worship leader…before you’re a pastor…your identity is in Christ! If you see yourself primarily as a musician, your focus and energy will be on practicing your instrument and preparing music, lead sheets, tracks, etc. in order to entertain or give your people a good…
Why are church meetings often so clumsy? A Scripture reader turns to the wrong page and stumbles over a long list of Hebrew names he hadn’t prepared to pronounce. The PowerPoint slide gets stuck — again.
Some of the most heartbreaking conversations I’ve had are with guys (and occasionally gals) who volunteered on tech teams for years. Then, the long-time TD left and a new guy came in and blew the place up.