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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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18
Feb
Church Clothes

Come As Someone You Aren’t

I was at a church recently and noticed a poster advertising their alternative worship service with a slogan, Come as you are. I immediately began to wonder if that meant that the other service they offered was Come as someone you aren’t. Now I know that is not the intent, and that the Come as you are slogan tries to communicate a more relaxed, casual setting. But I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that so often our churches and our worship services communicate pretty clearly the idea, Come as someone you aren’t. Read more »

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4
Feb
WorshipMusicDistractions

10 Distractions Regarding Worship Music

Chuck Lawless, Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently wrote about worship distractions specifically related to music. I believe this is a valuable piece for our churches to consider: Read more »

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28
Jan
10WorshipDistractions

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: Read more »

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21
Jan
Children_Choir_Banner

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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14
Jan
2014-2

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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7
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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31
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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