Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0070 – Do you need a degree to be a worship leader?

Ever wondered if you need a degree to be able to lead worship? Do you feel that if you had a degree in music, you’d be better prepared to do your job as a worship leader? If you’ve ever wondered about these questions, this episode of the WMC podcast is for you. Take a listen, you might be surprised. If you’re a faithful listener to the worship ministry catalyst podcast, we would love to hear from you and we’d...

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Building Momentum In a Worship Minsitry during the down months of summer

If you’ve been leading worship for long, you’ve undoubtedly been through a summer lull. I’m definitely there right now. People go on vacation with no consideration, it seems, for your needs as a worship leader. It’s almost as if they have their own lives apart from your worship ministry and that they’d rather be on the beach than playing or singing in your team. The nerve! Well, as I’ve been...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0069 – Dealing with discouragment in the weekly grind

Summer is here in full swing, and if you’re anything like us you’re experiencing a full-blown case of the “summer slump”. And with the slump comes the challenge of keeping yourself in good spirits whilst you try to keep momentum going in your worship ministry. That’s what Kevin & I talk about in this episode of the WMC Podcast. If you’re a faithful listener to the worship ministry catalyst...

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WMC Network/Directory Submissions.

I’m in the process of creating a directory of as many worship leaders as possible around the world. For me, this could be a huge way to do some networking with other worship leaders in the area and when traveling. If you wouldn’t mind taking a minute and putting your info into the directory that would be amazing. I’ve created categories for states and some states have more than one category, so please look through to...

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Never a weekend Off

I was blessed today to be able to be off the stage and be in the congregation worshiping. While I was out amongst the people in a way I don’t normally get to be, I got quite a few comments. Some were along the lines of surprise: “I’m not used to seeing you there…” But the most I got were: “Looks like you got the weekend off…” That’s never true for any of us as leaders in our...

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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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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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Worship Ministry Catalyst Social Network

Did you know we have a social network? We do! We have our very own social network! If you haven’t checked it out, you should! You can find it at http://worshipministrycatalyst.ning.com. Visit Worship Ministry...

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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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Doing what we’ve always done

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this lately, and it turns out I’m not the only one. I’ve found myself both in regards to myself and in some relationships needing to remind people of this: “If we continue to do what we’ve always done, we will get the results we’ve always gotten.” (I didn’t come up with that quote, someone else did, I just can’t remember who.) John Maxwell is...

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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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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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Listed in Leadership Journal

I just found out today that Worship Ministry Catalyst got listed in an article in Leadership Journal about Helpful Worship Blogs. Here’s a pic from the blog “Chris from CA” who also got listed. You can see we’re about 6th from the top. Some of my other Blog friends are listed there as well: Fred McKinnon Worship Trench Chris From Canada Rich Kirkpatrick If I can find a link to the article I’ll post it on...

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Year End Review – Where I am & What I’m Learning

If you’ve been listening to the podcast, you know that I’ve been talking a lot about this Year End Review that I’ve been working on. I wanted to take some time to let you know where I am in the process and what I’m already learning. I’ve started asking people the questions. I Started with my Worship Leadership Team. Since I have never done this before, (not at this church and not in this way) I wanted to...

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More from “The Leadership challenge”

I’ve truly been enjoying just about every single word I’ve read from “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes & Posner. Today I came across a great line that I just had to share with you. “Great leaders, like great companies and countries, create meaning not just money. The values and interests of freedom, self-actualization, learning, community, excellence, uniqueness, service, and social responsibility...

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Weekend Review – 01-2425-09

It’s been awhile. The last time I did this was Dec 13 & 14, over a month. I took a break from blogging and what not during the busy time of getting ready for Christmas and then on vacation, so now I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. This weekend we had one of our volunteer worship leaders lead and she did a great job. I’m happy to have her leading and starting to do it more often. I’m really...

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