Get the Evangelism Monkey off the back of Worship
Oct11

Get the Evangelism Monkey off the back of Worship

He’s a cute little guy. But he sure can cause a lot of problems. Don’t get me wrong. Evangelism is what we’re all about. YES, we want to be relevant. I agree completely! But….(and you knew it was coming)…..evangelism cannot ride on the back of worship. We have to stop trying to make worship – evangelism. Worship is worship, evangelism is evangelism. I agree that a worshiping church is attractive to...

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Worship Minsitry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0098 – Worship Auditions
Sep27

Worship Minsitry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0098 – Worship Auditions

On this episode, David & Kevin talk the ins and out of doing auditions for worship ministry. We all have to do them at some point in time. We either do them before we let someone participate, or we let them participate as their audition (and sometimes regret we didn’t audition them first). Whether you’re new or have been listening for quite some time, we would love to hear form you! Connect with us on twitter...

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Worship Minsitry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0096 – What to do when you start in a new worship leading role
Aug31

Worship Minsitry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0096 – What to do when you start in a new worship leading role

In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast David and Kevin talk about some of the key things we need to do as worship leaders when we start leading worship in a new role/new church. In case you haven’t heard, David has started in a new position at the Vancouver First Church of God. And in this position, He really wants your advice on what he should be doing! Whether you’re new or have been listening for quite...

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Worship Minsitry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0095 – Honoring our Heritage; Different forms of services
Aug01

Worship Minsitry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0095 – Honoring our Heritage; Different forms of services

This week we’re talking about two topics that come together as one. We are talking some about our Musical Heritage – honoring the people who have paved the way for us to be doing what we’re doing today, and we are also continuing to talk about the different formats of services that Kevin started talking about in the last episode of the podcast. Whether you’re new or have been listening for quite some time, we...

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Put Your Dreams to the Test or at least dream a little
Jul08

Put Your Dreams to the Test or at least dream a little

I just finished up another book from Dr. John Maxwell. If you’ve followed me for long, you know I’m a fan of his, and have read and recommended many of his books to you. This book was great on a few different levels so I wanted to take just a minute to share my thoughts with you in case you hadn’t heard about it. (Or in case you had heard about it, but weren’t sure it was for you.) First, it’s not just a...

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Reminder: Why we have a worship ministry – Jesus Christ
Jun28

Reminder: Why we have a worship ministry – Jesus Christ

Before you read this post, let me warn you, I’m 31. Not that old, but older than some. In my life, I remember a time before computers were really popular. I remember the computers I learned to type on in high school. They were the kind with only orange letters on the screen. No other colors. I remember how cool it to see a screen that was like a TV. I’ve always been intrigued by computers, and their ability to process...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0092 – Planning a Worship Service
Jun01

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0092 – Planning a Worship Service

Perhaps it’s second nature for you, but maybe for others it’s brand new. Today, we’re talking about planning a worship service and picking a worship set, focusing a lot on the flow of the service. We talk about the “Big Three” things to keep in mind while planning a worship set: 1.) Theme 2.) Key 3.) Tempo. Of course we talk about a lot more when it comes to planning a worship set, but we do talk about...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0091 – Stage Presence while leading worship
May23

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0091 – Stage Presence while leading worship

Fortunately or unfortunately, what we look like while we’re leading worship does have an effect the people we are trying to lead in worship. In this episode of the podcast, David and Kevin talk about their different views on what we should be striving for when we’re on stage leading worship. These views come across a little differently, but in the end it seems as though they end up with more in common than we though....

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0088 – Running a Worship Band Rehearsal
Apr12

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0088 – Running a Worship Band Rehearsal

Time is of the essence. Not only our time, but the time of the people who are serving in our worship ministries. They don’t have a lot of it, and they’re gracious enough to give their time to support the worship ministries in our churches. So, when they show up for a rehearsal, the responsibility falls on our shoulders to make sure we’re doing our absolute best to use their time wisely & efficiently. That’s...

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Leading a Band Rehearsal
Mar17

Leading a Band Rehearsal

We don’t have that much time. If you’re one of the lucky ones you have a mid-week rehearsal, then you’ve got two rehearsals to get 5, 6, 7 or more songs ready for a bunch of people to hear. And they’re not just going to hear them, they have to be good enough that they don’t distract people from worship. If you’re not that lucky, you have one rehearsal – maybe on the morning of your service...

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Worst Case Scenario vs. Best Case Scenario
Mar15

Worst Case Scenario vs. Best Case Scenario

As the news around us is filled with horror stories pouring out of Japan, I’m finding it harder and harder to pay attention. Not because I don’t care. I do. It’s because the bent of the news. All of it. It’s all focused on all the bad stuff that’s happening. One of the top 5 most powerful earthquakes in hundreds of years. Towns have been lost because of the Tsunami. Nuclear reactors are melting down &...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0085 – The Autotune Effect on Worship
Mar07

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0085 – The Autotune Effect on Worship

It started with Cher, T-Payne over-used it and everyone since has abused it. We’re talking about Auto-tune. And we’re not necessarily bashing it all together, but we’re talking about some of the effects it has had on us as worship leaders and our ministries. Whether you’re new or have been listening for quite some time, we would love to hear form you! Connect with us on twitter (@wmcatalyst) and facebook...

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More Arranging Help – from the real pro!
Feb23

More Arranging Help – from the real pro!

So, Kevin & I know some stuff about arranging a worship band. If you listen to the podcast, you heard us talk about it just last week. As I was doing some research to write a follow up article to our last podcast, I came across this video. It’s Bob Kauflin talking about arranging from a Worship God ’08 Conference. So, instead of me rehashing arranging stuff, I thought I’d go ahead and post the video here for you...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0084 – Song Arrangement Basic Principles
Feb11

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0084 – Song Arrangement Basic Principles

This is a huge topic, and one that we will most certainly come back to in future episodes, but we thought it would be a good start to the topic, and that’s the topic of Arranging a song. It can feel like a daunting task, something that’s out there beyond our reach, and something that we aren’t sure we really even understand. Well Kevin & I try to boil it down to some really basic ideas of arranging to help get...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0080 – How much is too much to ask of your volunteers and Name that Worship Tune
Dec08

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0080 – How much is too much to ask of your volunteers and Name that Worship Tune

We, as worship pastors – worship leaders and worship team members, are always fighting with commitment.  Some aren’t committed enough, others are on the edge of burn-out. In this episode we talk about one particular aspect of commitment in worship ministries. If you’re a faithful listener to the worship ministry catalyst podcast, we would love to hear from you and we’d also love it if you’d take the time...

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Choir is not Dead – it’s coming back to life!!!
Dec06

Choir is not Dead – it’s coming back to life!!!

It’s been an argument for decades now. There are many out there among us that think choir is a thing of the past. It was something that was done 50 years ago, and should have died by now. The people who have held on to choir have been viewed as people who just refuse to adapt to the times, clinging tightly to a tradition that has been in a constant state of decline for a while now. Well, I happen to be one of those who have...

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