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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:

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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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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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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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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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Dec
Six Steps

Six Steps to Spiritual Growth in 2015

As worship leaders, it is foundational that we continue to grow spiritually. Our times of personal worship are essential to our times of corporate worship. My friend, Brian Upshaw, states in a recent blog post, ”Spiritual growth only happens with intentionality on our part.” He then lays out six steps to developing a spiritual growth plan in this new year: Read more »

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23
Dec
God Is with Us

God Is with Us!

The story of Christmas can be summarized in four world-changing words:  God is with us.  But how many Christians strive to live in the reality of this beautiful truth?  Read more »

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17
Dec
Worship the Christ Child

Worship the Christ Child in the New Year

Today’s post if for a different audience than usual–it is directed to those whom you lead in worship each week. Feel free to pass it along to your congregation.

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10
Dec
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How to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples

Last week’s post, Building a Disciple-Making Worship and Music Ministry, established the need (and the mandate) for worship leaders to be active disciple-makers. This week’s post gives practical helps and resources for this process. I am thankful to my friend, Brian Upshaw, for writing this for us: Read more »

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3
Dec
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Building a Disciple-Making Worship and Music Ministry

Worship Pastors/Ministers of Music often associate their realm of responsibilities with the week-to-week preparation for Sunday worship services, fixated on the production of an event.  The job focus primarily has been musical with other pastoral responsibilities added into the mix as needed. Discipleship is that “thing” that is done in Sunday School, small groups, the sermon, etc. Read more »

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26
Nov
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: Read more »

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19
Nov
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.  Read more »

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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
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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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