My Apologies

I wanted to apologize to you all for not yet getting a podcast up this week. Kevin is out of town at a camp, and I’ve been busy all week working on a new website for our church. I know these are just excuses, but they are the truth. Next week, I have an interview scheduled with a worship leader at a church in Minnesota. I’m really looking forward to that, and I think we will all benefit from what he has to say. He’s...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Network

http://worshipministrycatalyst.ning.com/ The Worship Ministry Catalyst Network has arrived! This is a social network (much like facebook) for worship leaders and worship team members. You can upload videos, worship songs, charts, etc. You have your own page you can layout however you want, and have your own content on. This is going to be a great resource for you. I really look forward to all of us building relationships through this...

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Routine

Routine is an enemy. It’s a ghost. It will sneak in unnoticed and steal away what was once creative and turn it into a tradition. Routine is something to be avoided at all costs. Routine is not creative. Routine is a pattern, at best done because it worked, at worst because it’s habit. I’m talking about routine, when it comes to worship services. (However, it should be said that routine in your personal worship will also – most...

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Weekend Review 07-1920-08

I’m finding that I’m still really struggling with the summer slump. Thankfully, I’ve got a drummer who’s committed to the mission of the church and is willing to play sacrificially and has played for the last 4 weekends. We have some bass players who are willing to play frequently right now, as well as vocalists, but we’re really thin in drummers, acoustic guitarists and electric guitarists. We did the song “Happy Day” written by...

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Worship Minsitry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0009.5 – A Resource and encouragement

You might be wondering why this week’s episode is only episode 9.5. Well, like I explain in the podcast, I accidentally deleted the podcasts that Kevin & I recorded today, and they are unrecoverable. So, I had to record an episode with just me talking, so it’s only equal to half an episode. Since it was just me talking, I decided to share a resource that I use very frequently in worship ministry – planning center...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 9 – Doing a Worship Service Review

This week, Kevin and David talk about doing an evaluation of your worship services. The big question driving this discussion is “how are our worship services going to get any better if we don’t evaluate them?” Evaluating a worship service can be a difficult thing to do, and it’s something that is more complex than we can cover in this podcast. However, we hope that this podcast will serve as a catalyst for discussion on how you can...

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Weekend Review 07-1213-08

Our Senior Pastor has the itch to play guitar. This week, he told a story in his sermon about how he learned to play guitar. He learned the wrong way, so, he had to relearn how to play the guitar. It felt uncomfortable at first, but eventually it became natural. He related this to how when God asks us to do something in following Him, at first it might feel unnatural, but eventually it will feel natural and our old way of living will...

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Random Thoughts on Worship

If worship is about God and not about us, why do we hold back when we get together as a body? Doesn’t it make sense that we’d want to give everything we have over to God and do whatever it is that He asks us to do? Doesn’t it make sense that we’d respond to Him how He asks us to respond to Him? Instead, it seems that we’re more concerned with what others will think about us. What if they see me raising my...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0009 – Doing a Worship Service Review

This week, Kevin and David talk about doing an evaluation of your worship services. The big question driving this discussion is “how are our worship services going to get any better if we don’t evaluate them?” Evaluating a worship service can be a difficult thing to do, and it’s something that is more complex than we can cover in this podcast. However, we hope that this podcast will serve as a catalyst for...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0008 – Recording Technolgy as tools for worship ministry

In this weeks episode, Kevin, Scott and I talk about the different pieces of technology that are available for worship ministries to use to help improve our effectiveness. We talk about different pieces of gear as well as costs and various uses for each item we talk about. We would love to hear what gear you use in your worship ministry and how you use it. Please feel free to comment on this post or send us an email using the contact...

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Weekend Review – 07-0506-08

This weekend was a great weekend. Once again, our Lead Pastor played acoustic guitar. And we had the rest of the band there as well. We were fully loaded this weekend, and it made a huge difference in terms of how people responded in worship (At least it seemed to). I think there’s power in having a full band, and an energy that you can’t get any other way. Even if you can have the sounds of a full band, I think...

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Is Technology Worth all the hassle?

Sometimes I wonder if technology is really all it’s cracked up to be. At times (probably most of the time) it can be a wonderful thing. There are so many pieces of technology that make life easier, and make it easier for us to share our lives with others. There are times, when I do something that wouldn’t have ever been possible before with out it. But at other times, I wonder. Yeah it’s great, but when it’s...

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Weekend Review

I have to admit, something kind of cool happened this weekend. My Senior Pastor played on the worship band. Maybe, this is old hat to some of you, but for me, it was something very new and very cool. We’ve been kind of searching for musicians for a little while here at Gateway and since he had wasn’t preaching this last weekend, he offered to play on worship band. Even though he’s an incredibly busy man, and has a...

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Lovin’ Last Comic

I’ve got to confess that I absolutely love Last Comic Standing. I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t like it, and in general comedy might not be something the majority of America want to watch, but I love it. It’s great to see the people who are actually funny. You know, the people who don’t have to be dirty to be funny. That’s the kind of funny that takes creativity. It’s also cool...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0007 – Philosophy of Worship Ministry

In this episode, Kevin, Scott and David talk about different philosophies of Worship Ministry. Scott offers a paradigm that is most likely different from typical worship ministry philosophies, though it might be one that many wi ll want to adopt. We hope you enjoy this honest discuss about what we do in worship ministry. Please feel free to offer your comments on this episode and any episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst podcast....

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I finally gave in

I’ve been resisting the facebook surge for quite some time now. I did Myspace for a while, and I just wasn’t that thrilled with it, but my wife finally convinced me to get on facebook – (She actually set up an account for me then all I had to do was confirm.) So, after a month or so of waiting to decided if I should or not (I still wasn’t sure that facebook might be the meddling of the anti-christ) I have...

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