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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WMC-0151 – Getting Ready For Easter
Mar06

WMC-0151 – Getting Ready For Easter

It’s Time To Get Ready For Easter! In episode 151, David & Kevin talk about what we need to be doing right now so that our Easter services will do the most to bring glory to God. We talk about some practical things you can do, things you can start now if you haven’t started yet. And we also talk about how the WMC contributors are writing on this topic for the month of March. Our hope is to be a catalyst for your...

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What is Your Easter Song?
Mar04

What is Your Easter Song?

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.” – Matthew 28:1-2 If you’ve listened to the Podcast, or if you know me, you know that I love Easter!  I’ve struggled in the past with Christmas and finding...

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4 Good Practices to prepare for Easter—the death of death itself
Mar02

4 Good Practices to prepare for Easter—the death of death itself

It’s the resurrection that established and demonstrated once for all the identity, power and mission of Christ… that He is the Son of God that He has the power to lay down His life and rise again (John 10:18) that He will save us from sin, death and hell It’s also a massive event of hope for all humanity—that when we put our trust in Him, we will rise like Him one day, right? Okay, let’s pause here and ask a simple...

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Easter Is Coming, Are You Preparing? 5 Steps To Being Ready For Easter.
Feb27

Easter Is Coming, Are You Preparing? 5 Steps To Being Ready For Easter.

I’m excited for Easter. But, I’m also excited about something else this month. Do you know what it is? Do you? DO YOU? March will be the first full month of articles coming to you from our contributing authors. What that means is, you will be hearing from actual worship leaders, serving in the trenches. And they will be sharing with you ideas about how they prepare. I hope you’re excited, because I AM PUMPED! And if...

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WMC-0150 – Kathryn Scott Writing Songs For Corporate Worship
Feb26

WMC-0150 – Kathryn Scott Writing Songs For Corporate Worship

Kathryn Scott on Writing Songs For Corporate Worship In this episode, we had the privilege of interview Kathryn Scott. She has written many of the songs we sing in our churches today, including “Hungry” “At The Foot of the Cross” and “I Belong.” As we got the chance to talk with her for a few extra minutes, we wanted to talk on the topic of writing songs for corporate worship. We also dug into the...

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WMC-0149 – Kathryn Scott on Worship Leading
Feb18

WMC-0149 – Kathryn Scott on Worship Leading

Kathryn Scott on Worship Leading In this episode, we had the privilege of interview Kathryn Scott. She has written many of the songs we sing in our churches today, including “Hungry” “At The Foot of the Cross” and “I Belong.” In this episode, we discuss how worship leaders need to approach choosing and preparing songs for the congregation, especially in the context of having those who don’t...

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