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Posts from the ‘General’ Category

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
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
GrahamKendrick

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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15
Oct
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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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8
Oct
Generations Worship

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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