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Do You Have a Philosophy of Worship?

Does your congregation have a Philosophy of Worship? If you are developing your own standards for your worship ministry, this is a good place to start.

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.

Don’t Be Afraid to Laugh At Yourself

In those worship leading moments when it’s clear to you and to the congregation that you’ve made a mistake — it’s usually a good idea to just laugh at yourself.

5 Qualities of Great Musicians

When certain musicians take hold of their instrument, magic happens. What are the qualities that make for engaging, powerful musicians, great musicians?

Perfect Rhyme & Imperfect Rhyme – Why You Need Both

Rhymes are fun, and they help us remember lyrics. Today, we’ll look at the major types of rhyme—perfect rhyme and imperfect rhyme.

How to Recruit Great Volunteers

I asked Jeremiah Ricks, the Sunday production director for Celebration how the church can recruit great volunteers—particularly when it comes to media.

The Difference Between Pop Church Songs and Worship

Most worship songs we sing these days follow some form of pop songwriting ethic. Church pop songs, really.

7 Ways to Use Technology in Church Ministry

How to use tech in the service of the church. staying up-to-date doesn’t have to be terribly complicated. Here are several tips to consider as you leverage technology for ministry

“Teach Us To Pray” (And the Surprising Answer)

One of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." The Lord's answer is longer (and better) than you think!

40 Songs for Grieving and Funerals

Often, our songs in worship focus exclusively on celebration or happiness. But life includes grieving. Consider using some of these songs as ways to help your congregation mourn well.

Countdown: 12 Keys to Being a Successful Worship Pastor

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 in order to stay a successful worship pastor!

“Advertising” for Worship Team Members

I’ve learned that how I word these little advertisements for worship team members is important. Here are four tips when you are looking for help.

How to “Sing Like Never Before”

How do we sing like never before? Like, sing louder than I did last time? Or with more feeling? Or more genuinely? How can I – even after having sung this song something around 10,000 times – “sing like never before”?

20 Scriptures to Pray as WORSHIP

If you're anything like me you could use these 20 worship Scriptures to pray as worship prayer points. Don't let your worship quickly digress into little more than a list of needs and wants.

Endless Grace: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Scheduled for release next week from Baker Publishing is the second-half of a projecvt from contributing writer Dan Wilt and Ryan Whitaker Smith: Endless Grace: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms.

5 Terrible Ideas That Will Make Your Worship Services Fake

If your church’s average attendee is 45-plus and you target 17 in your worship services, you are probably creating a group of worshippers who try very hard to connect to what they are asked to sing, but most likely don’t.

Can the Holy Spirit Inhabit Smoke Machines in the Sanctuary?

“Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” - A.W. Tozer

The Most Important Quality of an Effective Worship Leader

The most important quality is what we assume and take for granted.

10 Guidelines for Praise and Worship Leadership

Here are my Top 10 guidelines for praise and worship worship leadership. I have been leading worship teams for 30 years, but I still go back to this list to see what I need to work on!

Sarah Bessey: I Loved God. I Struggled with Loving His Church

Sarah Bessey said it plainly: "I Loved God. I Struggled with Loving His Church." God sneaked up on her and restored her to His church.

Johnny Hunt Sues SBC and Guidepost, Demanding Trial by Jury, Calls...

Former SBC pastor and denominational leader Johnny Hunt filed a lawsuit on Friday (Mar. 17) against the SBC, the SBC Executive Committee, and Guidepost Solutions for defamation and invasion of privacy.

Greg Laurie: How Churches Can Use ‘Jesus Revolution’ for Evangelism

Greg Laurie appears on the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about the true events behind his new movie, “Jesus Revolution,” and how churches can use the film to spread the gospel.

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