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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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