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Learning from a Parody on Contemporary Worship

Often, churches change their worship styles for the wrong reasons, using a formula they see in mega churches. A few years ago, North Point Community Church produced a parody video on this. James Emery White of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, helps us analyze the pitfalls in this approach. Read more

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What Happens to Your Order of Worship (Set List) When God Shows Up?

As people responsible for worship planning in the local church, we usually get very attached to the “order of worship” that we have designed for a given worship service. Some people may not use that terminology, but a “set list” or any other plan for the time of corporate worship is still basically, “the order of worship.” As worship leaders, we often get so ingrained in playing out each element in the plan, some to the point of allotting so many minutes and seconds to each part of the “production,” that we can lose the entire purpose of our time together–to worship the One who alone is worthy of our praise. Read more »


If the Bible Is Foundational to Worship…Why Aren’t We Using It?

As I have opportunity to worship in churches around the state, I have noticed a disturbing trend. We call ourselves “People of the Word,” and indeed lift up the importance of God’s Word, yet so often, our services are void of public readings of the Bible in worship. My friend and counterpart from the Kansa-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, David Manner, offers some excellent commentary on this: Read more »


New Partnership with Announced

Last week, I described the need for a detailed worship plan. In the past, I have produced such a plan with a word processor or spreadsheet. While this is very clear for the recipients, it can be labor intensive. Further, there is still the need to find the correct music for each band member, making sure everyone has the right arrangement and the correct key. Much time is expended from the time you begin to put the plan down on paper until you have everything ready to roll for rehearsal. There is a better way for many churches. Read more »


Planning the Worship Experience

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 »