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The Harmony of Obedience

What if the Person who loves us most is also the one capable of showing us how to live? What if obedience means "going with the flow?" We need to discover the harmony of obedience.

Pray the Psalms – A Transforming Practice

I have never felt so alone—alone with myself, alone with a tortured mind, alone with a silent God. That's when I began to learn to pray the Psalms.

6 Ways to Embrace Culturally Diverse Worship

We are willing to go outside the church for culturally diverse worship but fail miserably to do so within. So why are we so ready to defer when we travel around the world but not across the aisle?

Your Guide to Worship Transitions

I’ve done worship transitions very poorly and God has still moved. But it also was a distraction. I’ve said “crap” instead of “clap.” I’ve had plenty of unintentional, awkward silences. I’ve even knocked over a mic stand.

4 Ways to Perform Last-Minute Drum Head Repair

what do you mean the spare head doesn’t fit? Bring me the holy gaff tape! Did it sound great? No, but it sounded good enough and got us through the remaining five songs. Drum head repair -- in 10 minutes!

How Can Two Microphones of the Same Brand Sound Different?

Why would two microphones built for the same purpose alter sound differently? It goes back to a key piece of live audio production wisdom: A great mix starts with getting the best sound at the source.

9 Skills to Move From Singing Songs to Leading Worship

Leading worship is not musical ability and musical ability is not leadership. Leadership goes deeper. It sets foot in uncomfortable places. It goes where most are not willing to. A leader is a catalyst for change.

Top 10 Things I Love That Worship Leaders Do

Many friends of mine serve their churches as worship leaders, some perhaps in the face of weekly criticism and complaints—I am eternally thankful for you. I love you.

16 Satanic Lies About Worship

If God uses our worship to transform sinners, starting with us, then the enemy use lies about worship to do all in his power to neutralize it.

What Makes a Compelling Worship Service?

Having visited many churches over the years and then joining one as a non-staff member, here’s what I believe can help make a compelling worship service that would encourage people to want to come back.

Intergenerational Worship Is NOT . . .

It seems like whenever the topic of multigenerational or intergenerational worship gets brought up, a lot of concerns and assumptions start being expressed. Here are some thoughts regarding what intergenerational worship is not and what intergenerational worship is.

Bono on the Psalms and Human Experience

Hearing artists like Leonard Cohen or Bono on the Psalms may seem problematic to many in the Evangelical church; however, it’s worth considering the book of Psalms in its entirety and ask whether our church cultures create space for the same range of emotions.

What I Saw at Church

I saw at church was the fulness of him who fills every thing in every way. I discovered the pillar and support of the truth as they put the wisdom of God on display.

Intentionally Planning an Authentic Church Experience

Church leaders love the feeling of an organic church service. “Organic” goes by several other names, such as “authentic,” “vulnerable,” “real,” and “Spirit-led,” an authentic church experience.

Heaven: Better Than Sex?

Jesus: "Is your imagination really that limited? Your fantasy life is dull and boring. Let me tell you about something far greater than sex."

What Is Lectio Divina?

The process of Lectio Divina begins with, you guessed it, reading. To pray while reading the Scriptures, we need to read Scripture! The central premise of reading the Bible in this context is to not go too fast or too slow.

8 Steps Toward Next Level Worship

I love leading God’s people in worship. I have been blessed to have led Sunday worship teams at home and around the world for over 30 years. Here are a few things that I have learned along the way.

Composing Music: How to Broaden Your Songwriting

How do you keep from composing music that sounds just like every other song you’ve composed, especially given all the strictures of congregational song?

12 Ways to Grow Your Worship Ministry

I hope these 12 keys to growing your worship ministry challenge you like they challenge me. I have been leading worship and pastoring for over 30 years, but I still go back to this list to see what I need to work on!

Help Your Creatives Discover Team Greatness

When dealing with creative teams, some leaders feel the need to be experts in the area they lead, others are convinced that holding high standards is the secret, and still, others think organizational expertise is the key. But the real key is team greatness.

Arthur Brooks: Why You Don’t Need To Have a Midlife (Ministry)...

Dr. Arthur Brooks joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share what few people realize about professional decline and how church leaders can make the most of the second half of their lives.

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