Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain

So, I just finished watching “Remember the Titans” for the 10 thousandth time and every time I watch I’m reminded of what a great movie it is. If you’ve been listening to the podcast, you’ve probably heard Kevin & I talk about this at some point. If you don’t remember, there was one choir tour we were on where Kevin & I watched this movie (it had just come out on DVD) almost every night in...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0028 – Time management and Rehearsal Preparation

In this week’s episode, David & Kevin talk about Time management and particularly how it relates to being prepared for rehearsals and other events. We talk about some of the struggles in getting prepared and some of the things we can do to be more prepared. This is a very important issue, one that can really add to or take away from our volunteers experience. If we’re prepared, we really set the stage for them to feel...

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Weekend Review 03-0708-09

For some reason this weekend was really stressful, at least through rehearsals. I can’t put my finger on it, but especially at our Saturday afternoon rehearsal, we were working diligently and just didn’t seem to have nearly enough time. Maybe it’s because we had a larger group than normal with several different newer folks, so my attention was split. However, once we got into the service, things seems to run pretty...

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The neverending Debate (and I’m not talking Hymns and choruses)

So, this week, I once again came up against a couple of problems on my mac that I’ve never had on any PC. We use Adobe’s InDesign to do our bulletin in, and my Mac is the only computer with the software on it. Therefore, our office manager logs on to my computer via logmein.com when she needs to work on and print the bulletin. Well, I’ve been trying to create her a fully functining account that she can log into...

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Communication Quotes

In light of our podcast on communication, I thought I would share some quotes on communication with you: “Developing Excellent Communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The Leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0027 – Communication

In this week’s episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David & Kevin talk about the art of communication (or the lack thereof). It’s a delicate thing, how much should we communicate, and in how much detail, how often, what should we say, etc. We share some of our personal successes and failures in communicating and talk about some of the goals we have to improve our communication. We hope this episode will...

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Your Word is Alive – Kevin Kruse Original Song

I wrote this song in response to a sermon series we’re going through on the book of Hebrews. As I was reflecting on Hebrews 4, I was struck with the imagery in verse 12 about how the Word of God is active, and living, and powerful. I couldn’t shake that idea of His Word changing us and our response to that truth. Out of that idea I started pulling images, ideas, and verses from the book of Hebrews to create a song that I...

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Weekend Review – 02-28-03-01-09

I keep meaning to do a new graphic for weekend reviews and I just keep forgetting. I’ll try to get you a new one this week so you don’t have to look at the same one all the time. This weekend has been a great weekend. Aside from not having our drummer at rehearsal on Wed. we were really well prepared for the weekend. We had our band practice on Wed. evening for all the band (minus the drummer), we had a vocals rehearsal on...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0026 – Introducing new Songs

Today, David and Kevin tackle a topic that has been a point of contention for many worship leaders for many years – what are the guidelines for introducing a new song? How many new songs can you do throughout the course of a year? When you introduce it, how should you teach it to your congregation? We truly hope that you’ll find this episode of the WMC podcast encouraging and insightful in your pursuit to continually...

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Weekend Review – 02-2122-09

I’m just not sure. (I thought about just writing that with no explanation, but figured it would probably be frustrating to you.) I’m not sure where to start or even all of what happened. We had a drummer who didn’t show up, so I had to ask someone to come who only got to sit through about 40 minutes of rehearsal. He did a tremendous job, but we ended up wasting quite a bit of time waiting for the other drummer, we...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0025 – Year End Review (Part 3)

In this weeks episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin do a follow up to the interview of Jodan Fowler from www.worshiptrench.com. It was such a great episode we just had to continue talking about it this week. If you missed last weeks episode, you really should check it out. We talk about some of our thoughts from the interview, as well as give you some of the details for the Reviews we’re doing with...

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Inspiration

We have a Saturday Night Service. This last Saturday night was February 14th. Know where I’m going? No, I’m not talking about the service we did, I’m talking about missing getting spend Valentine’s Day with my sweetheart. So, since we couldn’t do anything on Valentine’s day, we went out on Monday Night, the 16th instead, and it was a good night. Almost 7 years ago, my wife & I had our first...

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Weekend Review – 02-1415-09

This is one of those times that Having a Saturday night service really impacted us. Generally speaking it seems to be a pretty convenient time for a large group of our body and the people who serve on a weekend, but when that service falls on Valentine’s Day, it makes things a little bit more challenging. Knowing it would be difficult, I had our secretary start calling two weeks ago to try to find out who would be available. The...

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The iPod as a worship tool

Today I wanted to write about a tech tool that I use quite often, the iPod. Of course, not everybody has an ipod, some have other brands of mp3 players, some use CD’s etc. Here’s why I use an ipod (or any mp3 player) instead of CD’s. First, it’s easier to go through a lot of songs. What I used to do was buy a bunch of CD’s, rip them to mp3’s and then load them on my computer. Lately I’ve been...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0024 – Interview with Jordan Fowler of Worship Trench.com

What a great episode we have for you this week. We talked with Jordan Fowler of www.worshiptrench.com about doing a Year End Review. It is a very uplifting and encouraging conversation for us and I’m sure it will be for you too. Jordan not only shares with us some very helpful insight in how to do a Year End Review, but many other little helpful bits of information along the way. If you’re doing a year end review and have...

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Creativity Takes Patience, Silence, Time, and …

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Creativity lately. I know that many of you are a part of creative teams at your churches and you all have your own process for how come to your end result. I’ve been wanting to write what I know about how to utilize creativity in the local church, and have had trouble narrowing down the ideas, so I just decided to start writing and work it out along the way. First, let’s start...

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