Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0039 – Piano Workshop Part 1 (of 2)

Pianos, Pianos everywhere and not a key to plunk. This episode is the first of two in our first workshop on playing piano in the worship band. In a lot of contemporary worship music, keys tend to be harder and harder to come by. Not anymore, keys are making a comeback, baby! We do some talking about some ways to stay sharp as a piano player and some of the philosphy we use when we play, then we start with some of the basics. If you...

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Weekend Review – 06-2021-09

Do you ever find it hard to focus on 8 things at once? I sure do. How do we do it? Seriously! How can you focus on your vocals, your pitch, your keyboard parts, the other vocalists, the acoustic, the electric, the bass and the drums…all at the same time. I’ve got to be honest with you, it’s been a challenge. So, it was Father’s day, and we didn’t really do anything special for it. We showed a video and...

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Weekend Review – 06-1314-09

I wasn’t on the band at all this weekend. One of our volunteers (who used to lead worship at a church and has extensive music experience as well as his wife) led worship and it was great. He was face with a few challenges, a drummer who hadn’t played in 4 months, a drummer/electric guitarist who played bass and an electric player who played for the first time, and he did a great job. It’s such a blessing to be able...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0038 – Flow

Do you know what I’m talking about? You know….(long awkward pause)…. quiet song …… (long awkward pause with weird, random instrument noises) …. Loud song (scared to death from the shock of the loud sound, heart rate jumps through the roof). ….. beuler….beuler…. Etc. Picking up from last week’s episode we’re talking once again about creativity, and specifically about how...

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Artist Development – Photography Team

For about the last 6 – 8 months we’ve been starting to build a Photography team at our church. So far, we haven’t done all that much with it, but the possibilities of it are huge. I thought I’d share with you what we have already done, and what we’re planning on doing. When we first started, I simply publicized the possibility to our congregation and we had three or four photographers express interest....

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Weekend Review – 06-0607-09

This was one of those weekends. You know the really good ones? We just had all of our ducks in a row, we had our A game on and it was good. Our Senior pastor, who’s a musician, actually thought it was a CD when he was hearing us from his office. So, this weekend we had all of our 1st stringers on the docket and it makes all the difference in the world. I could trust the drummer and rest in his groove, I could work around the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0037 – Creativity

Routine, Rut, habit, pattern, whatever you like to call it, we all get into them. Well, this week, we’re trying to Bust Out. Not necessarily on the podcast, but in our Worship Services. Have you found yourself there? You want to be creative, you want to do things that people aren’t expecting, and you want to do things that will inspire people to keep coming back. And yet, for some reason, we keep doing the same old thing....

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Weekend Review – 05-3031-09

This weekend was a conglomeration of talents. We had a drummer play who had never played for us on a weekend before, and he only had two hours to prepare. We had an electric guitarist who is normally one of our drummers. He’s growing in his guitar skills and is extremely interested in electric guitar. The others were in their normal roles, but those two key roles had the potential to mess with some of the songs. However,...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0036 – Witty banter regarding Hymns and choruses

In this week’s episode, David and Kevin are once again on location at Laurelwood Baptist Church. This time we’re talking once again about Hymns and Choruses and poke a little fun. We also celebrate a few milestones in this episode, both personally and “organizationally.” If you have some insight to offer on this topic, we’d love to hear from you. One of the ways you can do that is to join our growing...

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Weekend Review – 05-2324-09

Ah, having a four piece band is both a great thing and a dangerous thing. It’s a great thing because it gives all the musicians plenty of room to be creative and musical. It’s dangerous because all of your errors are very exposed and if a part isn’t there, it’s more obvious. That’s what this weekend was for me. We had a pretty solid group of musicians, who were able to hold their now, yet we were having...

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What has Idol taught you this year?

I don’t have any evidence to back this up, but I have a theory. A Senior Pastor once told me that people cling to the music of their youth. In other words, if someone has an emotional connection to a song when they’re young, they’ll likely become attached to that song and to other songs that are in that style and even the style itself. This is one possible answer to why some of the older people you know might cling...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0035 – Worship Leadership Team

In this week’s episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin talk about the idea of a worship leadership team. Unless we’re still trying to fool ourselves, we’ve all realized by now that we can’t do this thing called worship ministry by ourselves. This is the first time we actually talk about the idea of a worship leadership team, a team that gets together to discuss what’s going on in...

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Weekend Review 05-1617-09

This weekend was another challenging weekend. I am fighting another sinus infection and head/chest cold, and we didn’t have an electric guitarist for this weekend either. I know I’ve ranted and raved about this before, but it can be really frustrating that all the music being done in churches today, and all the music that’s coming out of Nashville is electric guitar driven. It can make it a real challenge to pull off...

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Weekend Review – 05-0910-09

Happy Mother’s Day! I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for my wife and the great mother she is and I’m thankful for my mom too. We showed a video from Worship House Media today, that I’d be willing to be a bunch of you showed too, it’s called “Why She Deserves a Day.”(You can view it at the bottom of this post.) It was great, it was humorous and made a great point. If you’re...

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Leadership 101 – a few quotes from John Maxwell

At the end of his little book “leadership 101,” John Maxwell talks about leaving a legacy. As I’ve been going through this book again, I’ve been thinking about where I was in my leadership path when I first read this little book and where I am now. This chapter has been one that is really sticking out to me right now. If you don’t have this book, I’d really recommend picking it up. It’s a...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0034 – Contemporary Liturgy Part 2 (of 2)

In this weeks episode of The Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin are joined once again by John Ross. We’re wrapping up our discussion on liturgy. If you missed the first episode you can check it out here. (Also, If you missed the episodes we did about acoustic guitar techniques you’ll definitely want to check those out. Part 1 and Part 2.) and have now moved on to talking about the use of Liturgy in a...

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