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Technologies for Churches with Limited Musician Resources, Part Two – Worship Band In Hand

Worship Band in Hand is a mobile app for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch).  A limited feature Android app is now available. It provides church and worship leaders with a backing band that can be tailored to their needs.  It’s a whole worship band that fits in your hand!

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Technologies for Churches with Limited Musician Resources, Part One – LifeWayWorship.com

Churches with limited musician resources seem to be occurring in epidemic proportions. Also, many churches want to be able to utilize modern worship songs in their times of worship, but find it difficult to do so without proper instrumentation. Today, we have technologies available that provide great solutions for churches that need help. In the next five weeks, I will be talking about five great solutions. My first post is about one of the best resources available to worship musicians–LifeWayWorship.com.

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Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship

Worship leaders around the world are sadly changing their church’s worship (often unintentionally) into a spectator event, and people are not singing any more.

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Conflict Over Styles of Worship?

As long as we have had organized church and people with personal preferences, there has been conflict over styles of worship. Take a look at this brief video that adds some humor to the conflict in worship.

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Transitioning Your Church’s Corporate Worship – Part One

Many churches today realize there is a need to transform their times of corporate worship from a traditional style to a unified (some would say “blended) or more contemporary style of worship. My Worship Wars series will help you think through some of these issues. Once a church decides to make a change, your next steps can really help or hurt the process.

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6
Aug
God Shows Up

What Happens to Your Order of Worship (Set List) When God Shows Up?

As people responsible for worship planning in the local church, we usually get very attached to the “order of worship” that we have designed for a given worship service. Some people may not use that terminology, but a “set list” or any other plan for the time of corporate worship is still basically, “the order of worship.” As worship leaders, we often get so ingrained in playing out each element in the plan, some to the point of allotting so many minutes and seconds to each part of the “production,” that we can lose the entire purpose of our time together–to worship the One who alone is worthy of our praise. Read more »

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30
Jul
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When God Doesn’t Like Hymns

My friend and counterpart from the Kansas-Nebraska Convention,David Manner, pens a great article helping us look at worship that is pleasing to God.

Music that pleases God is not contingent on what we sing. It is, instead, pleasing to God because of the character and attitude of those who sing it. Read more »

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23
Jul
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A Key Component in Preparing for the Worship Service

Worship leaders work hard to be prepared to lead worship, but often we overlook the most important piece of the preparation.

Do you attend/lead your church’s corporate worship service “prepared?” I’m not talking about having all the musicians well rehearsed and the video cued up. I’m talking about your personal preparation for WORSHIP. Read more »

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16
Jul
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The State of Children’s Choirs and Curriculum Possibilities

Over the past years, many churches have cancelled their children’s choirs for a variety of reasons. As some churches have tried to simplify their overburdening schedules, children’s choirs were one of the first things to go in the children’s ministry. Read more »

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9
Jul
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Is Our Worship Moving to Performancism?

In a recent post on why people aren’t singing in church anymore, I stated: “What has occurred could be summed up as the re-professionalization of church music and the loss of a key goal of worship leading – enabling the people to sing their praises to God. Simply put, we are breeding a culture of spectators in our churches, changing what should be a participative worship environment to a concert event. Worship is moving to its pre-Reformation mess.” Read more »

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2
Jul
Passions in Missions

Follow Your Passions into Missions

What are you passionate about? What are your gifts and talents? Have you thought about ways you can use these gifts to glorify God on the mission field? Read more »

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25
Jun
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Three Things I Learned from the Church in Asia

My missions team just returned from a sixteen-day trip conducting worship leader training in two countries in Southeast and East Asia. In one of these countries, Christians don’t have the freedoms that we have in the United States to openly worship God. They have experienced extreme persecution for years–many dying for their faith.  I was amazed by many things: Read more »

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18
Jun
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Is Your Worship Precious?

I recently had opportunity to worship in another country—one that does not have the freedom that we currently enjoy. Every time I have been blessed to lead worship or participate in worship in these closed countries, I am amazed at the passion and fervor of their times of worship. Read more »

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4
Jun
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Nine Rapid Changes in Church Worship Services

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, recently assembled nine changes that have come at a rapid pace in many churches. Take a look at his post: Read more »

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21
May
New Songs

Ten Ways to Find New Songs for Worship

In the old days, song selection for congregational singing was pretty much a look into your denominational’s hymnal. Today things have vastly changed with multiple sources of new music from around the world. How do we identify new songs that are worthy of singing in our churches? Here are 10 ways to find new songs: Read more »
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14
May
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Is Your Church Rushing to the 1980s?

My family was out of state this past weekend and attended a “blended” service Sunday morning. I realize many of our churches are struggling to determine what their corporate worship should look like, but unfortunately (as I experienced this weekend), what I see in most settings is a rush to move from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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7
May
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Worship That Divides – Ageism

Many churches choose to have worship that separates congregations by generations, such as a separate children’s worship or youth worship. Additionally, churches offer several styles of worship which often divide congregations along generational lines. I talked some about this in my Worship Summit video, Unified Worship.  Today, I share with you a blog post written by my friend, Dr. Paul Clark, Jr., Director of Worship & Music Ministries for Tennessee Baptist Convention, who confronts the problem of ageism head on.

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