Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0092 – Planning a Worship Service
Jun01

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0092 – Planning a Worship Service

Perhaps it’s second nature for you, but maybe for others it’s brand new. Today, we’re talking about planning a worship service and picking a worship set, focusing a lot on the flow of the service. We talk about the “Big Three” things to keep in mind while planning a worship set: 1.) Theme 2.) Key 3.) Tempo. Of course we talk about a lot more when it comes to planning a worship set, but we do talk about...

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Creativity the missing pieces(s) – Part 3 – picking the team
May25

Creativity the missing pieces(s) – Part 3 – picking the team

In case you missed them (because it’s been a really long time since I wrote them) here are the first two articles in the series: Part 1, Part 2. In this article, I wanted to address the topic of choosing the team. There are a couple of issues to think about before you pick your team. It’s hard to lead creative people. If you’ve never spent a lot of time with creative type, you may not know, but doing so can be an...

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Lessons in Leadership from Boston Rob
May24

Lessons in Leadership from Boston Rob

Since Kevin and I talk about Survivor from time to time, I wanted to share two lessons I learned from Boston Rob this season on Survivor: 1.) Most people would rather be led than lead. I was so frustrated with most of the people on Survivor this season. Especially those on Boston Rob’s team. I can’t understand why no one would stand up and try to take the narcissistic leadership belt from him. Rob would tell people what...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0091 – Stage Presence while leading worship
May23

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0091 – Stage Presence while leading worship

Fortunately or unfortunately, what we look like while we’re leading worship does have an effect the people we are trying to lead in worship. In this episode of the podcast, David and Kevin talk about their different views on what we should be striving for when we’re on stage leading worship. These views come across a little differently, but in the end it seems as though they end up with more in common than we though....

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Worship Ministy Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0090 – H4n Handy Recorder – NBA Playoffs – Usama Bin Laden – Easter Review
May16

Worship Ministy Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0090 – H4n Handy Recorder – NBA Playoffs – Usama Bin Laden – Easter Review

We literally talk about everything in this podcast. I’m serious, if it’s going on, we’re talking about it! NBA Playoffs, Usama Bin Laden, Technology, Easter – you name it. Seriously, we do talk about a lot in this episode, but we do talk more about Easter & do some review of what we did at our churches on Easter and how well it worked for us. So, if you listened to the last podcast, this is a review of what...

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Sorry for the Youtube video….
May13

Sorry for the Youtube video….

I’m not sure how these things happen, and I don’t know why people do them, but someone hacked in to Worship Ministry Catalyst and embedded a youtube video on the home page. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you, I assure you, it wasn’t intentional.  (I’m not really an Akon...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0089 – Easter, Loops, ipods, abelton, reality TV…
May06

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0089 – Easter, Loops, ipods, abelton, reality TV…

Now that David  and Kevin have recovered (mostly) from Easter, we’ve got a brand new episode of the podcast for you! In this episode of the podcast, we talk about what we did for Easter. We also talk about a lot of other stuff, loops and how we used them for Easter, other ways to use loops, Reality TV and what not. I have a feeling you’re going to like this episode. I know we had a lot of fun recording it. Whether...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0087 – Taking care of yourself during Easter
Mar31

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0087 – Taking care of yourself during Easter

I once heard Craig Groeschel say (I think he was quoting someone else) “I will never sacrifice my family on the altar of Ministry.”  That statement hit me hard and stuck with me. That doesn’t make it easy. There are times in worship ministry when we have to have things out of balance in one way or another. There are times when our family will come first, but then there are times when ministry will come first. With...

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Morale Monday
Mar21

Morale Monday

There are good ones and bad ones. The good ones help, some more than others. The bad ones hurt, most of them for a while. I know how you feel. Now, before you think I’m going all Whitney Houston on you, let me stop you there. I’m not trying to be sappy or overly emotional. But if I can in some way jump in front a “bullet” for you, (or catch a grenade for you:), I want to do that for you now. And yes, I’m...

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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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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0086 – Helping youth understand Worship Ministry
Mar16

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0086 – Helping youth understand Worship Ministry

We live in the fastest paced society in history (at least history we know about). And with that pace comes a huge benefit – we get to do some amazing things that wouldn’t have ever been possible in the past. But there are some downfalls. For our youth, a downfall is that our worship ministries aren’t progressing fast enough. As a whole, there’s no way the average worship ministry will keep up with all the new...

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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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