A goal of worship leaders is to identify and eliminate as many distractions as possible, so that through the medium of music we can create an environment that makes it easy for people to connect with God. Here are some ideas that will help you in planning worship experiences for your church. Read more
Evaluating our times of corporate worship is extremely important to our ability to improve. My friend and counterpart from the Kansa-Nebraska Convention, David Manner, offers an excellent tool for worship evaluation:
Unless an organized plan of evaluating worship based on the deeper biblical and theological issues is implemented, the tendency for congregations to focus on style and service mechanics will continue to consume the energy of worship planners and leaders. Read more
This excellent post is provided by our ministry partner, Christian Copyright Solutions:
It sure would be nice if one license covered everything churches want to do when it comes to using copyrighted material. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and it can leave cracks in your copyright coverage if churches put all their eggs in one basket with only one license. Read more
This week, Milton Hollifield, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, contributes an excellent devotional for Easter. I pray that you and your churches will have a glorious celebration of His resurrection! Read on: Read more
Buddy Overman, of BSCNC Communications, attended the Worship Summit in Wendell recently. His article appears in the Biblical Recorder and is reprinted here. I believe Buddy did a great job of summarizing much of the material of the Worship Summit. Take a look:
Holy Week begins on March 24 this year. I have written several posts about the importance of celebrating Lent in order for our Easter celebrations to really have maximum impact. Take a look.
Today, I am sharing with you a free devotional book for Holy Week that can be reproduced for your congregation or other groups to make the week leading up to Easter more meaningful. Read more
Over the last weeks, we have been on a journey of worship transition for East City Church (see story). Providing a healthy road to transition requires much intentionality, hard work, and prayer. In the last chapter of this story, we see that the existing worship pastor/minister of music needs some retooling to prepare him for the task at hand.
As East City Church transitions its worship service to a unified style of worship (see story), they will need to determine how the video components of the service will be handled. Incorporating video in the services should be far more than just projecting lyrics and maybe a sermon outline on screen. There needs to be intentionality in what goes on screen from the time people enter until they leave. Here are some points to consider: Read more
Do you seek healthy worship transformation for your church?
Do you want to see biblical worship that engages the people to become active worshippers rather than passive spectators?
Do you seek to create an environment in worship that helps people connect with God each week?
Does your worship team need refreshing and grounding in their understanding of their ministry?
Is there conflict of worship styles in your church? Read more
As East City Church transitions its worship service to a unified style of worship (see story), they will need to take a close look at calendaring all the needed rehearsals and meetings to support the new service.
With all of the added pieces involved in transitioning ECC corporate worship outlined in the earlier steps, there are likely more times of meeting and rehearsal needed in the weekly calendar. They should take time to consider all of those needs now. Here are some possibilities: Read more
As East City Church transitions its worship service to a unified style of worship (see story), they will need to help their congregation understand why the church is going through a change in its time of corporate worship. Conflict results most times in an absence of understanding why the church is experiencing change. It is imperative that members are aware of the biblical, missional, sociological, and other reasons that change is occurring. It is also important that the church be continually exposed to the fact that worship change is coming and why throughout the weeks leading up to the target date of the new service. I have several suggestions that will help guide ECC in this endeavor: