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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Ancient to Modern: Tenebrae
Mar12

Ancient to Modern: Tenebrae

As we approach the Easter season, I wanted to bring an often unknown but very powerful type of service to your attention. Practiced since medieval times, the Tenebrae service can be a powerful expression and meditation on Christ’s sacrifice. The Tenebrae service takes place during Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. Though this service is usually practiced by more Liturgical denominations, I believe it can easily be adapted to work in any...

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It’s A Man’s World, Even In Worship Music
Feb16

It’s A Man’s World, Even In Worship Music

Here’s how it happens for me. I hear the most AMAZING new song and I can’t wait to put it in the rotation for worship. The words are moving, the music is tugging at my soul…this song is PERFECT! Then I start to sing along. It’s too low for me. *sigh* (Can I get an Amen, ladies?) I’m just going to go ahead and say it. The majority of worship songs are sung by men. And I completely get it. The majority of worship leaders ARE men....

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WMC Podcast – Episode 0145 – Interview with Rich Kirkpatrick
Dec23

WMC Podcast – Episode 0145 – Interview with Rich Kirkpatrick

Interview with Rich Kirkpatrick If you’ve been traveling around the Worship blogosphere for anytime, you’ve definitely come across our guest on this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast. “Since 2005, Rich Kirkpatrick’s Blog has consistently been ranked among the top 50 Christianity blogs, awarded in 2012 as the “Best Religion Blog” from the World Media Awards, and was an Editor’s Pick both in...

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The Creation Emancipation – Free eBook Download
Nov14

The Creation Emancipation – Free eBook Download

The Creation Emancipation – Free ebook! We are excited to share with you, for the very first time, the brand new eBook, “The Creation Emancipation.” What is it about? We’re glad you asked! It’s a plea for creativity in the local church. As you know, that’s what drives us, the local church. There is so much potential in the local church, and we’re afraid it’s being lost. How? Well, you’ll have to read the book. But, what we want you to...

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