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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.

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Millenials

What Worship Style Attracts the Millennials?

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

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Seven Uses for Video

Got Video? Now What?

I have written in other posts of the importance of incorporating video in worship. Many churches, thankfully, have entered the video world in the last few years, but often aren’t sure what to do now that they have the equipment. Some may even be using their technology in ways that can harm worship or divide the congregation.

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Worship Leader Training Coming to the Piedmont Triad

The Worship Leader Boot Camps have trained thousands of people internationally. The full band version is coming to the Greensboro area in April. The Worship Leader Boot Camp, together with the Worship Summit, offer a total package of training and foundation for worship renewal in the local church. If you are serious about worship renewal in your church, you should consider participating in this event.

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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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Recent Articles

16
Apr
Crown of Thorns

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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2
Apr
Songs for Easter

Easter Songs for Worship

This week, PraiseCharts.com sent out a list of twenty well-loved Easter songs and modern hymns to help make your Easter planning easier. Read more »

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19
Mar
Reverence vs Relevance

Reverence vs. Relevance

I have often shared these videos with people but realized I have never posted these on the blog. Here are some great discussions on various worship topics with Mike Harland,director of LifeWay Worship, and Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research. Read more »

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5
Mar
Theologian

You Are a Theologian

If you were to line up every person in your church and ask them to quote all the Bible verses they know, then ask those same people to sing you a verse and chorus of every song they know, I think you would find that people know far more songs than they know Bible passages. This alone tells us how vitally important it is that the music we have our congregations sing each week MUST be sound theologically. Song evaluation is a vital component of our Worship Leader Boot Camps. Today, Mark Logan, of WorshipPlanning.com explores this more deeply. Read on:

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26
Feb
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The Answer to Your Choral Music Needs and Budget Woes

DiscoverWorshipNC (www.DiscoverWorshipNC.org) is an online membership service offering access to over 1,700 choral anthems, musicals, children’s songs, worship songs, drama resources and more.  Song styles range from traditional to blended to contemporary choir music, from acoustic worship to modern praise, with songs for worship leaders, soloists, praise teams and choirs of any size, all written and arranged by some of the most talented creators around. Read more »

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19
Feb
World Conference 2010

Five Ways to Improve Congregational Singing

In the Worship Leader Boot Camps and much of my writing, I lift up the importance of congregations actively participating in worship. Many of our congregations seem to breed a culture of spectators. Today, Keith Getty, well-known modern hymn writer, writes about ways we can improve the congregational singing in our churches. Read more »

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12
Feb
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Resources for Your Media Presentation Personnel

In looking at what is shown on screens in churches around NC, I see lots of great stuff. Unfortunately, I see a lot of really bad stuff as well. I am very excited about a new resource that can tremendously help our media teams to create excellent presentations for our worship services. Read more »

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5
Feb
Killing Me

Choir Anthem Does NOT Equal Congregational Arrangement

One of the biggest killers of worship is singing congregational songs in keys not suited to the average singer. This problem most often arises in churches with more contemporary styles of worship since the traditional church usually sings from the hymnal, which usually is set in good congregational keys. However, I have witnessed a well-meaning practice in more traditional churches that is killing worship in those settings. Read more »

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29
Jan
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Getting Beyond the Same Old Same Old in Band Dynamics

So often, worship bands take the easy way and play an entire song with the same textures and intensity. Variety is so important.   Read more »

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22
Jan
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Deference Over Preference

I work with many multi-generational churches that are striving to achieve unified worship. To achieve true unity in worship, there must be much love and self-sacrifice. This article, written by my friend, Paul Clark, Jr., Director of Worship & Music Ministries for Tennessee Baptist Convention, sheds more light on the issue. Read more »

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15
Jan
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Do We Still Need Choirs?

Many churches struggle with whether or not the choir should be a part of their future. While I don’t believe that it should be a part of every church, there are some compelling reasons for a church to utilize a worship-leading choir in their times of worship.

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8
Jan
PraiseCharts2013

The Top 100 Worship Songs of 2013 from PraiseCharts

In our quest to continue to seek out great, new worship songs, it is important to see what is trending at CCLI, PraiseCharts, and LifeWayWorship.

Looking for the most up-to-date Top 100 CCLI songs? Click here.

As we look back over 2013 and the vast number of new worship songs that are circulating, it is helpful to see what songs seem to be working in other churches. Read more »

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