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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Thrown the Liturgy out with the Baptismal Water
Mar07

Thrown the Liturgy out with the Baptismal Water

I want new things. I love new things. I love getting new things & even just reading and learning about new things. I think a lot of us do. The fact that there are over 500 million users on Facebook in less than a decade is evidence to the fact that we like new things. However, in our pursuit of these new things, could it be that we’ve gotten rid of some really great things? (I’m not comparing Facebook to a worship...

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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 0082 – Vancouver Christmas Project (Part 2 of 2)
Jan03

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0082 – Vancouver Christmas Project (Part 2 of 2)

You might have heard of it, but do you know what it’s about? In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David & Kevin are joined by DJ Jackson as they talk about the Vancouver Christmas Project. If you didn’t read the post, you might want to go check that out (here). To get us started, it was an event to unite churches and present the person and story of Jesus to people in our area. Whether you’re...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0081 – Vancouver Christmas Project (Part 1 of 2)
Dec25

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0081 – Vancouver Christmas Project (Part 1 of 2)

You might have heard of it, but do you know what it’s about? In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David & Kevin are joined by DJ Jackson as they talk about the Vancouver Christmas Project. If you didn’t read the post, you might want to go check that out (here). To get us started, it was an event to unite churches and present the person and story of Jesus to people in our area. Whether you’re...

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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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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0078 – Interview with Chris Vacher of Worship Rises (Part 2 of 2)
Oct18

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0078 – Interview with Chris Vacher of Worship Rises (Part 2 of 2)

There’s only one way to describe this podcast – AWESOME! Seriously. And it has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Chris Vacher of Worship Rises. In this episode, we get to know Chris, some of his background and get into talking about the Worship Rises movement that is taking place in Canada. You can follow Chris on twitter (@chrisfromcanada) and follow worship rises on twitter as well (@worshiprises). If you...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0077 – Interview with Chris Vacher of Worship Rises (Part 1 of 2)
Oct06

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0077 – Interview with Chris Vacher of Worship Rises (Part 1 of 2)

There’s only one way to describe this podcast – AWESOME! Seriously. And it has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Chris Vacher of Worship Rises. In this episode, we get to know Chris, some of his background and get into talking about the Worship Rises movement that is taking place in Canada. You can follow Chris on twitter (@chrisfromcanada) and follow worship rises on twitter as well (@worshiprises) If...

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3 Tips for Leading Worship

We all have a vision of a worship leader in our heads when we lead worship. At least we probably did when we started leading. At some point along the way we were impacted by someone’s worship leading and we thought it would be cool if we could be like them someday. It doesn’t take long for us to realize that we may never be like someone else. For me, one of my worship leading heroes is Paul Baloche. I love his songwriting,...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0074 – Simplicity – simple worship – simple life
Sep08

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0074 – Simplicity – simple worship – simple life

In this week’s episode of Worship Ministry Catalyst, David & Kevin are stuck on Double Rainbow juice. We also talk about simple worship songs and simplicity in worship – both in music and in worship services. Instead of complexifying our worship services, maybe what we need to do is simply our services and give people a chance to connect with our Eternal God. We also give a challenge to songwriters to explore topics...

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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 – Interview with Graham Cochrane of www.therecordingrevolution.com (Part 2 of 2)

This week, we’re continuing our discussion with Graham Cochrane of www.therecordingrevolution.com. Graham is running an awesome blog with tips, tricks & tutorials for recording in your home studio. Aside from the great content, he’s also been prone to give away on his site, so you’ll definitely want to be a regular visitor The Recording Revolution. If you missed last week’s episode, you’ll definitely...

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