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Posts from the ‘Participatory Worship’ Category


Do You Have a Comprehensive Song List?

I am amazed by how many worship leader/planners put together the times of corporate worship without a comprehensive song list, which I consider a critical tool for planning. Read more »


Some Hindrances to a Smooth Flow in Worship

There are a number of things we as worship leaders/planners can do that harm our times of worship. Today I will outline a few key hindrances: Read more »

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Stay on the Melody, Please

Over the last several weeks, I have been talking about ways we can inadvertently lead our congregations to be spectators instead of active participants. Today, I have asked a fellow blogger/worship leader to share his thoughts on another major problem in some settings–worship leaders who stray from singing the melody of the song. Read more »


Introducing New Songs

Last week, I continued my series on things we do to create spectators in our church rather than active, participative worshippers. I began my discussion of how new songs can be a worship enhancer or a worship killer. Be sure to take a look at that post if you have not yet done so.When new songs are first introduced, the people have to take their eyes off the Lord and concentrate on the task of learning the new tune. There are ways we can introduce new songs that reduce the negative impact and promote the tremendous positives. Read more »

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New Songs: A Worship Enhancer or Worship Killer?

Today’s post is my third installment discussing things we do to create a culture of spectators in our churches rather than creating an environment that helps people worship with heart, soul, mind, and strength in participatory worship. Be sure to read the last two week’s posts if you have not done so already. Week One. Week Two.

Today, I will address another major hindrance to participatory worship–new songs. Read more »

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A Real KEY to Producing Spectators in Worship

Last week’s post began a discussion of things we do to create a culture of spectators in our church rather than creating an environment that helps people worship with heart, soul, mind, and strength in participatory worship. If you did not have a chance to read that post, please take time to read that one first.

Today, I want to address perhaps one of the greatest “transgressions” of worship leaders that leads to congregational spectatorship–the key of the song. Read more »

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Producing Pew Potatoes: Creating a Culture of Spectators

What is a “pew potato,” you may ask? It is a term I use to refer to a person in the church that takes on the characteristics of a “couch potato”–someone who sits on the pew in times of corporate worship and expects to be entertained without having to get involved in any way. Here is the sad truth: our churches, no matter the style of their worship, are producing and encouraging spectators in our corporate worship experiences to a large degree. Read more »


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 other 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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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 in our lives–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 ten years ago that forever shaped my views on worship and worship leading. Read more »