Helping Your Church Navigate Change
Oct27

Helping Your Church Navigate Change

“Annie Hawks would be turning over in her grave if she heard that song!” This was the very passionate statement said to me after church one Sunday. We had just done the Matt Maher / Christy Nockles song, “Lord, I Need You”. The song is largely based and/or inspired by the hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” written by Annie Hawks. And on this particular Sunday, the song was close enough but different...

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The Day I Walked Away From My Church
Oct20

The Day I Walked Away From My Church

Our small church in a Pennsylvania river town had been losing people steadily for months, people who included our senior pastor and our associate pastor, not to mention dozens of others. Why that happened is a long story — too long for this space. But those that remained gathered on a chilly December morning to worship together one last time before our church was dissolved and all our assets were turned over to a megachurch from...

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WMC-0158 – What To Do When People Walk Away From The Church
Oct19

WMC-0158 – What To Do When People Walk Away From The Church

What To Do When People Walk Away From The Church   We live in a time where it is becoming more and more likely that people are leaving our churches. Not all churches, but a lot of them. Chances are, you know someone(s) who has left the church behind. Maybe they were wounded. Maybe they weren’t. Maybe they’re being selfish. Maybe they’re just tired. Maybe They’re burnt out. Who knows. The question is, what...

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Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 3: Jesus: The Worship Leader of the Cosmos
Oct15

Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 3: Jesus: The Worship Leader of the Cosmos

His call to worship is the rising of the Sun, his Benediction, the Moon. In our previous posts (Part 1 & Part 2) we have looked at Jesus as the supreme and only Worship Leader (High Priest) worthy of such a title—its who he IS.  In Part 2 of our series we considered what he does as our worship leader.  Understanding Jesus’ role is crucial in the universe because the form and duties that he observes and preserves in his kingdom...

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WMC – 0157 – More Thoughts On Change
Sep24

WMC – 0157 – More Thoughts On Change

More Thoughts On Change… In the last episode of the podcast, Kevin & I talked about change. Kevin shared with us some of the things he was learning about change as his church goes through the unexpected process of renovating their auditorium. In this episode, we talk about the bigger change we are all dealing with. We live in a time when things are changing very fast. It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s...

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Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 2: Jesus’ Priestly Liturgy
Sep17

Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 2: Jesus’ Priestly Liturgy

Jesus IS a High Priest, but what does He DO? In our last post we looked at the fact that Jesus in Hebrews 8:2 is identified as the sole minister (leitourgos) of heaven.   Our High Priest!   This is one major aspect of his Identity.  Therefore, it was our conclusion that the only One worthy to receive the big “T” title of Worship Leader is Jesus Himself.   It’s who he is.  No one else can claim this ontologically (in being). However,...

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Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 1: Jesus The High Priest
Aug13

Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 1: Jesus The High Priest

You know, the one in skinny jeans, designer hair, with the voice of a Nightingale. Remember the famous bully party line; “sticks and stones will break your bones, but words can never hurt you.”  It sounds nice, but any person knows this phrase is chalked full of deception. The truth is, words are like containers.  They are filled to the brim with meaning, and they are profoundly forming.  Words shape the way we see life.  Words filled...

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange: Moving to a New Church
Jul28

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange: Moving to a New Church

Okay, so last time I quoted The Clash and this time I’m quoting David Bowie.  In my last post “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” I raised a big question many of us in ministry have asked ourselves before, when is it time to move on?  So naturally this brings up the question, what do I do when I get to my new place?  This is something that most people in ministry have experienced at least once, if not multiple times before.  If you...

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WMC-0156 – Dealing With Change…
Jul07

WMC-0156 – Dealing With Change…

Dealing With Change… Change is hard for some people. There are some who like it, but it seems that most struggle with it on some level. In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin talk about some of the changes Kevin’s church is going through. Kevin also shares some great insights he has learned through the process. So, if you’re looking for some wisdom when it comes to change, this is...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?
May29

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The words of the band The Clash have been in my mind for a while now. Should I stay or should I go now? Should I stay or should I go now? If I go, there will be trouble And if I stay it will be double So come on and let me know  Now while this song is about a relationship and really has nothing to do with discerning God’s will, it is an interesting question to ponder. We all know that God has a plan, and our lives are just a part of...

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Learn Unto Him A New Song
May19

Learn Unto Him A New Song

I was recently asked to be a guest worship leader for a service I didn’t plan. This was really weird for me, because for the past fifteen years or so, I’ve chosen essentially all of the music that I’ve sung in church. So when the church that was hosting me handed me four songs that I’d never sung (three of which I’d never even heard), I walked right into a whole new world. Normally, I learn a song inside and out before I even consider...

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3 Steps for Introducing New Songs at Church
May12

3 Steps for Introducing New Songs at Church

As someone who leads worship and chooses what songs our church is singing, I have a huge problem on my hands: there are so many good worship songs!  Does anyone else have this problem?  There’s only 52 Sunday services a year, and you can’t introduce multiple new songs every single Sunday, so what do you do? I’ve wrestled with this dilemma before, but it seems more than ever there are just some amazing songs being...

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Getting Hired as a Worship Pastor – Part 2
May04

Getting Hired as a Worship Pastor – Part 2

Ask the average church goer what a worship pastor does during the week and you’ll likely get answers like, “play guitar”, “drink coffee”, “pray all day”, “work on his hair”, or for most people “I have no idea, doesn’t he have a real job somewhere else?”.  And while a couple of those may occasionally apply, reality is more complex and less sexy. In this series we’re identifying areas of craft that aspiring worship pastors and leaders...

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Preparing For Easter: Becoming Invisible
Mar31

Preparing For Easter: Becoming Invisible

Easter is one of the big ones.  Every church across the nation is in the midst of preparations for their own Easter services.  Every pastor combing over page after page of sermon notes, volunteers are planning egg hunts, and worship leaders are piecing together setlists.  There is so much detail to pay attention too that I feel my head may actually implode at times.  It can all stack up and completely exhaust us weeks before the...

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Does Your Family Miss Easter While You’re Working At Church?
Mar17

Does Your Family Miss Easter While You’re Working At Church?

My 6 year old loves holidays. I mean, really loves holidays. He will jump out of his bed, sprint into the kitchen and announce, “HAPPY FLAG DAY!!!” We then spend some time looking up the meaning and origin of the holiday for some fun learning. Not joking, this happens for every holiday they mark on the calendar. But I already know what’s going to happen on Easter: “Mom! Mom! It’s Easter! Happy Easter!” I’m sure I’ll reply, “Hurry up!...

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Every Sunday is Easter
Mar13

Every Sunday is Easter

It’s the stuff of church staffer dreams.  The parking lot is jammed, teams of coffee-amped volunteers are bustling, the band is running through that great new song, and very soon, crowds of regulars, guests, and returners will begin pouring through the doors.  It’s Easter Sunday, a full house, and the energy is intoxicating. In almost every church across the country, Easter brings more of what we all want most – people.  That’s...

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