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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Leading Through Change
Jun18

Leading Through Change

Change.  That word can be a very troubling thing for some people.  And for others, it is a welcomed reprieve from a monotonous pattern.  Regardless of where you personally fall on the continuum, the reality is that at some point in each of our lives, we will be faced with change.  And there’s nothing you can do about it!  But how you react to that change and how you help others walk through change; now that is what you can do...

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WMC-0155 – Creativity and more with Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project
Jun15

WMC-0155 – Creativity and more with Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project

Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project   In this episode we have the distinct privilege of talking with Dave Yauk of the Garden City Project (http://www.gardencityproject.com/). It’s something you’re going to want to get familiar with. We just scratch the surface of what Dave is doing over there, and we’ll be talking more in the future. If you find yourself intrigued with the content, make sure to get in touch...

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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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Exploring the Heart of the New Song—the Song and the Singer
May27

Exploring the Heart of the New Song—the Song and the Singer

Generally, when we talk about new songs, we either mean an unknown song (could have been released yesterday or even a hymn written centuries ago) or a known song reworked musically in a fresh arrangement—sometimes with a new chorus/refrain/bridge added also. In this article, let’s look at something deeper than that.  In John’s visions recorded in the book of revelation, we learn two profound aspects of the “new song” that we will be...

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WMC-0154 – Taking a Break With Your Team
May21

WMC-0154 – Taking a Break With Your Team

Taking A Break With Your Team As I once heard from the great leader and mentor, Bill Hybels: Sundays come around with amazing regularity. Every 7 days there is another Sunday to put together. We are constantly in the process of process. Because of this, there is a need for us as leaders to take some time off as a team. As another great leader says, we need time to work on it, not just in it (Andy Stanley). We need some time throughout...

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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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WMC-0153 – Sing To The Lord A New Song
Apr28

WMC-0153 – Sing To The Lord A New Song

Sing To The Lord A New Song As worship leaders, we like new songs. But, if you haven’t noticed, not everyone feels the same way. But, how do we deal with this tension? When someone really prefers old songs and hymns, how do we help them move along in their walk with God? And perhaps the bigger question, is there a bigger spiritual issue at work in the heart of this struggle? Listen in as David and Kevin talk about this very...

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Re-emphasizing The Real Essence of Easter In Worship
Apr02

Re-emphasizing The Real Essence of Easter In Worship

It’s that season of the year again; Easter is here again. It’s the season when a lot of folks love to spend time with their loved ones and enjoy themlselves, similar to the Christmas season. But just like the Christmas season, the partying and celebrations overshadow the true essence of this season. It’s not a season of Easter bunnies & eggs, it’s not a seaon to watch the latest movies in cinemas, and...

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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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WMC-0152 – The New Regular, Once A Month Attender and The Tension It Creates In Worship
Mar12

WMC-0152 – The New Regular, Once A Month Attender and The Tension It Creates In Worship

The New Regular, Once A Month Attender and The Tension It Creates In Worship I have heard, in at least three separate leadership podcasts that the new regular attender in America is once a month. Two of the podcasts said once a month, another said once every six weeks. Not only does this create problems for the church in too many ways to mention in this post, it creates problems for worship pastors and worship ministries. 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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