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How to Make Music Together – 6 Power Tips

Arranging a band is a challenge, but a welcome one if you’re part of the worship ministry of your church. Here are a few tips to keep your band growing and to make music together.

The True Cost of Worship Wars

What we’ve called worship wars began in the late 60’s and early 70’s when the Jesus Movement was bringing in younger people who wanted to experience God in a different way.
digital mixer

The Best Digital Mixer for Church Might Actually Be Analog

The Behringer X32 the so good it singlehandedly rescued the reputation of the Behringer brand. But is it the best digital mixer for church, or does your church need it, or any digital mixer for that matter?
davidic worship

What King David Teaches Us About Worship

Davidic worship can teach us a lot about how to glorify God. In 2 Samuel 6 when the ark of the covenant is brought into Jerusalem, David’s heart of worship is on full display and provides worship leaders with a challenging example.
Discovering Your Call to Music Ministry

Discover Your Call to Music Ministry – 12 Steps

Music ministry is one of the most vital ministries in the local church and should be viewed as a sacred office. Discovering your call begins with a DESIRE to be used by God to impact the local church and the world around you.
Congregation Sings Louder

10 Things I Did NOT Do That Improved Our Congregational Singing

In one year, this congregation sings louder, more heartily, and more of them sing.
purposeful-worship

Passionate Worship or Purposeful Worship ?

Purposeful worship means it occurs from the inside out, not the outside in. Thomas a Kempis said it this way, “A good devout person first arranges inwardly the things to be done outwardly.”
Songwriters Beware!

Christian Songwriters Beware!

Before you sign away your song, remember that the "royalty" may not be its own reward.
beyond reason

Jesus: A Reason to Sing – Beyond Reason

Anxieties are high. Fear is strong. Faith feels like a thread running through a tapestry laced with thousands of threads of heartache. But worship takes me beyond reason.
men worship

The Secret That Keeps Men from Singing in Worship

Have you ever noticed that when men worship, they tend not to sing as much as women do? I have a theory about why that is.
One-Sentence Prayers

20 One-Sentence Prayers That Will Consistently Change Your Day

These prayers will help you lean on God during your busiest days.
prepare for worship

4 Ways to Really Prepare for Worship

Do you know how to prepare for worship on Sunday morning? If we aren’t prepared on Sunday to respond to God’s countless blessings that occurred all week, how could our worship leaders possibly lead enough songs to prepare us?
secular music in church

Should We Use Secular Music in Church Worship?

Should ministry leaders include secular music in church? Part of the answer to this question is that our motive should always be to communicate truth, not simply to be “relevant” or attract more people.
congregational lament

How to Lead Congregational Lament

The language of lament is found in more than half of the psalms but is largely absent in much of the Protestant culture. Congregational...
Songs That Preach

7 Characteristics of Songs That Preach

Songs that preach communicate biblically, theologically, and doctrinally. Our songs must be sung with the integrity of adequate external preparation that springs forth from internal conviction.
where to start

Building a Set List: Where to Start

When you look at a blank slate each week, need to build a set list and wonder where to start, start with the core.

A 3-Part Plan: Devotions for Church Leadership Teams

Just because you praise God on Sundays doesn't mean you don't need to spend time with Him during the week. Here are three ideas.
Why You Should Open with the Same Song Every Week

Why You Should Open With the Same Song Every Week

Sometimes repetition can help people connect with God.

Ann Voskamp: What We Are Missing in God’s Vision for Hospitality

"It's not about becoming like Julia Child," says Ann Voskamp. "Hospitality is about welcoming in the marginalized as the next child of God."

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