Does the congregation you lead in worship know when they are to sing and when they are not? Apparently, in many churches, this is not very clear. This week, a friend of mine asked me to help him understand what is expected of him in corporate worship in a certain circumstance. As we talked, I realized he was directly addressing one of the points I made in my post, Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship. Read more
A common misconception in churches today (and has been for a long time) is that the “up front people”–the worship leaders (including pastor, singers, choir, soloists, instrumentalists, drama team, Bible readers, etc.) are the performers of worship and the congregation is the audience. I’m sure you see that attitude every Sunday. Many like to sit back in their seats, fold their arms, and say, “Entertain me. Bless me. Give me a great song and an inspiring sermon.” –a common attitude for our entertainment-driven culture. I call these folk “pew potatoes.” Read more
I have written and spoken often about unified worship – worship that is neither tradition, contemporary, or blended. This form of worship is multi-generational and even multi-ethnic. There seems to be many churches today that have tired of dividing their congregations generationally for corporate worship. Indeed, all generations are finding great value in a multi-generational approach to worship. Read more
My recent missions trip to Asia strongly confirmed in me that spending time going deep into worship material with a few individuals has great value and importance. (Take a look)
I have just launched a new training opportunity for NC Baptists–Worship Leader Boot Camp:EXTREME. Read more
Most of us don’t begin a new worship ministry position believing we will only stay for a couple of years. Our intentions are noble to plant our lives for the long haul. But after we exhaust our two-year worship package of ideas we often get bored, our worship gets stale, our congregants get restless and we get busy looking for new ministry opportunities somewhere else. Read more
On Easter Sunday we will commemorate the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Resurrection Sunday is a time to celebrate as we realize the confident hope we have in Christ. Through His sacrificial death, and his triumphant bodily resurrection, Jesus made it possible for us to become reconciled back to God the Father.
Sunday is the highlight of our church year as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Milton Hollifield, Executive Director/Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of NC pens this week’s post about Easter.
I’ve been taking mission teams to Asia for the last 13 years. Our worshipASIA teams have led worship training events, evangelistic services, and worship services. Additionally, we have strived to encourage the churches and help strengthen them. God prepared me for much of what I do today through my work in Asia over the years.
I have just returned from a trip to Asia unlike any I have encountered before, and one that has forever influenced me. Read more
Last week’s post on the state of worship in Baptist churches created a number of comments suggesting that I believe that traditional worship is no longer a valid style of worship.
Over the past five years, I have had opportunity to visit many Baptist churches of varying sizes and worship styles. I have talked with worship leadership, many pastors, and associational missionaries. While there are many churches that seem to have vibrant, transformational worship, I have to say that my perception of the condition of worship in vast numbers of Baptist churches (and beyond) is painfully disturbing and heart-breaking. Read more
Last week, I wrote about the church that looked healthy on the outside, yet had some serious issues with what was happening in worship (If you have not read the post, please read that now)
Now, the rest of the story:
That Sunday night, we attended the opening “session” of the worship conference at the second church in the same area. It was actually a worship service involving their choir and congregation with us being a part of the congregation. I cannot begin to express to you the difference in the two churches. Read more
When we look at who we are today, we can often look back into our lives and find things–either good or bad–that have shaped our worldviews, our philosophies, our direction in life, or perhaps our concepts of who God is. I call these defining moments, or in the terms of Henry Blackaby, spiritual markers.
For me, a significant revelation of God occurred about fifteen years ago that forever shaped my views on worship and worship leading. Read more
I was at a church recently and noticed a poster advertising their alternative worship service with a slogan, Come as you are. I immediately began to wonder if that meant that the other service they offered was Come as someone you aren’t. Now I know that is not the intent, and that the Come as you are slogan tries to communicate a more relaxed, casual setting. But I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that so often our churches and our worship services communicate pretty clearly the idea, Come as someone you aren’t. Read more