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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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
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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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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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May
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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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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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30
Apr
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If We Just Change Our Worship Style, the Church Will Grow Again

Often people feel that if they could just change their church’s worship style to be like the church across town or on television, the church will explode with growth. Read more »

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23
Apr
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Platform Presence for Worship Teams

The way our worship leaders look on stage can aid in or greatly distract from our times of worship. I have witnessed services where the team members were emotionless, non-moving statues on stage. Others have been distracting in their countenance. Some have done a great job engaging the congregation in meaningful worship. Read more »

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16
Apr
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A Song and a Devotional for Holy Week

A modern hymn that has been one of my favorites for several years is The Power of the Cross (Oh, to See the Dawn) by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. If your congregation is not yet singing this song, I highly recommend it. For this Holy Week edition of the blog, I want to share the song with you or simply remind you of it. Sit back, listen. and take in the profound lyrics. The song is available on LifeWayWorship.com with full orchestration.  Read more »

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Apr
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What Worship Style Attracts the Millennials?

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, provides some great insights about worship and Millennials: Read more »

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