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Advent 2014

Advent: A Season of Waiting

The celebration of Advent begins this Sunday. The purpose of this season of the church year is to look toward the coming of Christ to earth–a season focused on waiting. It is a time of preparing for the glory of Christmas day. Today, I want to share with you a few resources to help you in your celebration of Advent:

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Worship Prep

Worship Prep Publication: A Great Way to Improve Corporate Worship

If congregations would gather prepared for corporate worship each week, our times would be much more meaningful. Private times of daily worship are so important to corporate worship, i.e. personal worship is a prerequisite to corporate worship. Many churches are publishing materials to help their congregations prepare personally and as a family for worship each week. 

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Keeping Up with the Great New Songs for Worship

Great new songs for worship are prevalent today. There’s also quite a bit of music written today that should be bypassed for corporate worship. As worship leaders, we need to stay current with newer music to find those gems that will connect with our congregation–those songs that are textually and musically worthy.

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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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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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Recent Articles

12
Nov
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5 R’s To Increase Your Ministry Shelf Life

I often hear of older worship pastors/ministers of music that are terminated from their ministry position and replaced with someone younger and “more relevant.” There is much we can do to increase our “shelf life” today. Unfortunately, many coast along with their initial training, expecting that to keep them going until retirement. Read more »

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5
Nov
FranticWorship

Frantic Worship: Too Many Songs in a Set

Much of worship today can be characterized by a free-flowing praise model, which consists of one or more continuous sections of one type of activity. For example, sustained praise singing could last 10-45 minutes. Sustained sections of congregational singing require more planning, more skill, and more insight in order to carry them out than singing single songs interspersed throughout a service. Read more »

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29
Oct
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Why Aren’t We Singing? Themed Thoughts from Graham Kendrick

A few months ago, I posted, Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship. I believe it is one of the most important pieces I have penned to attack head on some real problems with today’s corporate worship services. Graham Kendrick just recently released an excellent video echoing these same issues and a couple more.  Read more »

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22
Oct
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Copyright Compliance Report Card

Church copyright compliance can be confusing, complicated and overwhelming. Most church leaders want to do the right thing and honor copyrights, but they quite often just don’t know where to begin. Read more »

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8
Oct
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Why Grandparents and Grandchildren Can’t Worship Together

I have written and spoken much about unified worship, where multiple generations and ethnicities can worship together. My friend and counterpart from the Kansas-Nebraska Convention, David Manner, pens a great article helping us look at those things that can divide our congregations’ worship and how that can be overcome. Read more »

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1
Oct
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forScore app for iPad – My Music Reader of Choice

From time to time I like to share with you tools that I find extremely helpful in worship ministry. One of my favorite apps is forScore. I am able to keep my entire library of music within this app and have many powerful tools at my disposal. Read more »

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24
Sep
Church Change

What to Do When Your Church Changes

So much of what we call “worship wars” is tied up in people’s reactions to change. Joe McKeever, (pastor, author, cartoonist, and much more) helps churches understand and cope with change. Read this reprint of his post: Read more »

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17
Sep
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Six Reasons Some Churches Are Moving Back to One Worship Style

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, has observed six reasons some churches are moving back to one worship style. Take a look at his post: Read more »

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9
Sep
FlyWorship

Technologies for Churches with Limited Musician Resources, Part Five – Fly Worship

Fly Worship is designed to help facilitate worship in small churches or other settings where there is a shortage of musicians and/or audio/video technical people. Technically, it is a customizable software application that uses audio tracks and can be controlled by a foot pedal or keyboard.   Read more »

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3
Sep
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Technologies for Churches with Limited Musician Resources, Part Four – Worship Backing Band

When we first reviewed the original MultiTrack player for churches from the folks over at Worship Backing Band, we discovered a very easy to use software package for small churches wanting to fill in for missing musicians by adding top quality multi track instruments tracks to their existing worship team.

Now Worship Backing Band’s upgraded version, the Pro Wav Player still keeps the simplicity of the original software interface but incorporates a whole host of new features that add flexibility and allow the software to follow your worship leading, even if you decide to make changes on the spur of the moment. Read more »

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27
Aug
iSingWorship

Technologies for Churches with Limited Musician Resources, Part Three – iSingWorship

iSingWorship will provide you with great sounding music from top producers and musicians in congregationally-friendly keys. It will also automatically display the lyrics accurately in perfect sync (no need for separate video presentation software) and, most importantly, allow for highly flexible control of the music. You can even display the chords with the lyrics on screen to use if you play along. Read more »

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20
Aug
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Technologies for Churches with Limited Musician Resources, Part Two – Worship Band In Hand

Worship Band in Hand is a mobile app for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch).  A limited feature Android app is now available. It provides church and worship leaders with a backing band that can be tailored to their needs.  It’s a whole worship band that fits in your hand! Read more »

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