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Boot Camp EXTREME

An EXTREME Learning Opportunity

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. 

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Missions

A New Approach to Missions: Mentoring & Discipling

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.

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Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship

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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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Worship Wars

(This is the first article of a 10-part series)

Take a look at this excerpt from an U.S newspaper objecting to the new trends in church music:

There are several reasons for opposing it.
One, it’s too new.
Two, it’s often worldly, even blasphemous.
The new Christian music is not as pleasant as the more established style.

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Recent Articles

8
Apr
Improve

Don’t Move…Improve!

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 »

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1
Apr
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Celebrate Christ’s Victory This Easter

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.

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18
Mar
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Should All Churches Flee Traditional and Run to Contemporary Worship?

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.

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11
Mar
State of Worship

The State of Worship in Baptist Churches

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 »

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3
Mar
Two Churches #2

A Tale of Two Churches (Part Two)

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 »

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25
Feb
Two Churches #1

A Tale of Two Churches (Part One)

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 »

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18
Feb
Church Clothes

Come As Someone You Aren’t

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 »

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4
Feb
WorshipMusicDistractions

10 Distractions Regarding Worship Music

Chuck Lawless, Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently wrote about worship distractions specifically related to music. I believe this is a valuable piece for our churches to consider: Read more »

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28
Jan
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10 Common Worship Distractions

Chuck Lawless, Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently wrote about worship distractions. I believe this is a valuable piece for our churches to consider: Read more »

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21
Jan
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World-Class Children’s Choir Leader Training Coming to North Carolina

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, we will host a Children’s Leadership Conference in High Point, NC as part of the One Day Conference.*

The Children’s Choir Leadership Conference provides intense training for choir leaders (directors, accompanists, helpers) in two different tracks:

  1. Preschool Choir (ages 4-kindergarten)
  2. Combined Children’s Choir (grades 1-6)

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14
Jan
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14 Most Popular Posts in 2014: Part Two

In studying the analytics of this past year, this blog, RenewingWorshipNC.org, had over half a million visitors! Last week, I featured the top seven pages and posts of 2014. This week, we will look at the next seven.

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7
Jan
2014

14 Most Popular Posts in 2014: Part One

In studying the analytics of this past year, this blog, RenewingWorshipNC.org, had over half a million visitors! Below are the seven most viewed pages and posts for 2014. Next week, we will look at the next seven.

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