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27
May
PraiseCharts2013

PraiseCharts Charts Lists 100 Worship Songs Released From 2010-2015

As worship leaders, we need to keep up with today’s new songs. (See my post, Keeping Up with Great New Songs for Worship). PraiseCharts.com has just released their top 100 list for songs released 2010-2015. This is a great way to become familiar with may of today’s great songs. Also check out the Top 100 CCLI list. Read more

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20
May
Audio

Audio Training for NC Baptist Churches

Every week thousands of musicians and singers in our churches spend hour upon hour practicing for their worship service only to have that presentation hampered by an audio team that is not proficient. Read more

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13
May
Revitalize

Eight Common Characteristics of Successful Church Revitalizations

I often am called upon to consult with churches needing revitalization–specifically in the area of worship renewal. Their numbers have greatly declined or they have not experienced any growth in years. Often, their focus has turned inward. Thom Rainer, stated in a recent blog post that “Nine of ten churches are either declining or growing so slowly they are not keeping up with the growth of the community. Many churches are just a few years away from dying and closing. Revitalization is an urgent need.” Read more

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29
Apr
Audience of One

An Audience of One

A common misconception in churches today (and has been for a long time) is that the “up front people”–the worship leaders (including pastor, singers, choir, soloists, instrumentalists, drama team, Bible readers, etc.) are the performers of worship and the congregation is the audience.  I’m sure you see that attitude every Sunday.  Many like to sit back in their seats, fold their arms, and say, “Entertain me. Bless me. Give me a great song and an inspiring sermon.” –a common attitude for our entertainment-driven culture.  I call these folk “pew potatoes.” Read more »

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15
Apr
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.  Read more »

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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
Easter Header

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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25
Mar
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. Read more »

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18
Mar
Flee traditional

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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