Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0055 – God Songs – Slam the Band

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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S.O.S. – A parishoners guide to being prepared to Worship

What would the fly on the windshield say? Nothing now. No, not the one on the outside, the one on the inside.  You know, when you get to Gateway on a Saturday evening or a Sunday morning, if the little fly followed you into church and told someone what had been going on what would he say? I’ve heard from these flies (I don’t want to take this metaphor too far for fear that you actually start to think I talk to flies, like I’m some...

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Weekend Review 03-1213-2010 – Sunday Setlists – Worship Confessional

What a great weekend! The only huge responsibility I had this weekend was directing the choir. For the rest of the service, I got to just play the keys and nothing else. It was a ton of fun for me. I don’t get to do that all that often, so when I do, I just love it. I must admit, I go a little crazy, I break a few of the rules and play a little too much. I just can’t help myself. Here was our set: Joyful, Joyful We adore...

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The Oscars and your Worship Ministry

Granted, the people we might have watched on TV, Sunday night, March 7th, weren’t volunteers, there’s a lesson we can learn – Appreciation. You don’t have to watch any awards show for long to recognize two things: first, people like being appreciated, second people need an opportunity to thank people who have helped them succeed. When working with volunteers we need to create these opportunities. We need to...

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Weekend Review – 03-0607-10

This weekend was the first weekend or preparing for Easter. We taught Jeremy Riddle’s song, “Christ is Risen” today. We also had a great weekend for music. I was able to step aside from most of the leading this weekend and mostly focus on the band and playing. It was actually quite enjoyable! Here was our set this weekend: Sing, Sing, Sing (Tomlin -did it in the original key, had an alto sing melody on the chorus and...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0054 – God Songs – Winter Olympics – Time Delayed again

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Weekend Review – 02-2728-19 – Sunday Setlists – Worship Confessional

This weekend we had the privilege of having some of the youth band play with us. It was really cool on a couple of levels. First, it’s always cool to to have the youth playing with us so the congregation could experience and get to know what the youth do on a weekly basis. It was also cool because our Youth Worship Intern was playing with us. Kyle played with me at my last church, and it was cool to get to lead worship with him...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0053 – God Songs – Kevin & His Baby

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Weekend Review – 02-2021-10 – Sunday Setlists – Worship Confessional

Great weekend! Just loved it! So did our congregation! We had the choir join us this week for a couple of worship tunes and then the choir sang “Total Praise.” It’s an oldie, but not to our church. Since we’ve never had a choir around here, there are a lot of “classics” that our church has never heard, and that’s one of them. We also had a smaller band this week, on purpose. It’s a group...

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Weekend Review 02-1314-10 – Sunday Setlists – Worship Confessional

Since we’ve been “blowin’ and goin'” for about 6 weeks or longer now, with a full, rockin’ praise band each week, and since it was valetines day, I thought it would be good to change things up and just have a simple weekend. It was just myself on keys, and Trevor singing vocals. We split the singing duties 50/50, which ended up being cool and adding a little spice to the weekend. Since it was pretty...

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No Treble – A Site for Bassists

You may have seen my post yesterday about echoes, and in that post I mentioned that those two articles were written by Evan Kepner of No Treble. Well, I had to do a separate post about this site, because it’s worth your time. It would be a great resource to pass on to the bass players in your worship bands. It would also be a great way for us to learn more about bass so we can help instruct our players a little more....

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Ear Training Articles

There’s a good chance, that if you’ve been involved in music much for the last few years, you’ve probably gotten some sort of catalog from Disc Makers. I know I’ve gotten a ton of them, and they’re always fun to look at. While they do want to sell you on their services, the also do a lot of helpful things for us musicians. One of those things is the writing and collecting of good articles for musicians...

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Home Tracked – A Great resource for recording tips

More and more worship leaders I know are getting into recording. Even if it’s just for recording practice cd’s or rough arrangements, or rough ideas of new songs, home/office recording is growing hugely. And while we can say that we just want to rough out an idea for a song, the perectionist in us still wants to do that perfect recording. Well, here’s a resource that might help you achieve some better results. Des...

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Weekend Review 02-0607-10 – Sunday Setlists – Worship Confessional

This was another great weekend. We had all our top notch players on, everything went well. The biggest issue we had this weekend was in our transitions. We didn’t have any song to song transitions. They were all start & stop. Which I guess is fine, and one of the things you have to give up when all your songs are started by guitar. At least, when we’re only doing what is on the recording. Here was our Set: Let God...

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Creativity the missing piece(s) – Part 2 – Remove the Filter

A while back…ok, quite a while back I started writing a bit about using a creative team to plan worship services. (If you missed that article check it out here.) Well, here we are back in the saddle again. This topic among discussions of creativity is probably one of the most important and yet, one of the most overlooked. 1.) Stop saying no to ideas that don’t fit your paradigm. How many times have you shot down and idea...

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Podcast is on a slight delay

If you have been following along on the blog, you may have noticed something I mentioned on a weekend review a while back about Kevin. In case you didn’t… Kevin& his wife had a baby a little over a week ago. Congratulations Kevin! That said, we haven’t been able to record any new episodes of the podcast in the last week or two, however, it will be coming up soon. I’m working on nailing down a couple of...

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