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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.

5 Reasons Praise and Lament Belong Together in Worship

The pervasiveness of lament in the Bible should lead us to question how well we are incorporating lament into our worship.

The Ten Commandments of Worship Slides

Your screen content is one of the most visible venues for everyone in your church. It’s worth the effort and time to make your worship slides and screen content impactful.

Guests Return to Worship Services Because of These 9 Surprises

Most of the respondents said they were “delighted” or “surprised,” and that the one event made guests return to the church.

Oh Oh Ooh Ooh La La, Whoa

I’ve been thinking about the use of generic syllables in congregational singing for a while now. It’s not a new phenomenon. An increasing number of modern worship songs feature syllables like oh oh ooh and whoa.

How To Guarantee You WON’T Grow Spiritually

You can’t escape the New Testament’s overwhelming pulse that God commands us to intentionally pursue Him, that to grow spiritually is our job as Christians.

You CAN Rule Your Heart – It’s a Part of Worship

As a worship leader, one of the most beneficial things we can do for our congregation is to demonstrate how to rule your heart, and bring forth praise--not because we do (or don't) feel like it, but because God is worthy.

7 Ways To Overcome Satan

We must overcome Satan because the Bible makes it clear: We’re in a battle. It’s a battle we can’t escape with an Enemy we can’t see. As long as we confess Jesus as Lord and have the Spirit of God within us, Satan will do everything he can to destroy our faith.

5 Tips on Handling Angry People

I have observed that worship leaders, pastors, and church planters, live in a constant state of being either angry, depressed or delusional, perhaps because we are often handling angry people.

20 Things Pastors and Worship Leaders Should Say to Each Other More Often

It's easy for a church staff to fall into "silos," where each one does their work and steers clear of other staff members. We might even do a good job within that silo, but the church deserves better. Pastors and worship leaders need to communicate, often--and with encouragement.

Writing Worship Songs: 3 Tips To Get Started

Know your audience, play your instrument well, these are good pointers, but out of the scope of this article. The focus here will be on writing worship songs people want to sing.

12 Ways to Get Rid of Your Worship Leader

A tongue-in-cheek guide to get rid of a worship leader. These are 12 surefire, guaranteed ways to make sure your worship minister never comes back. Discover 12 ways to get rid of your worship leader.

Matt Chandler, Part 1: How the 2022 Controversy Has Impacted His...

Matt Chandler joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share how God has brought healing in his life and ministry following the controversy he walked through in 2022. 

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