Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0038 – Flow

Do you know what I’m talking about? You know….(long awkward pause)…. quiet song …… (long awkward pause with weird, random instrument noises) …. Loud song (scared to death from the shock of the loud sound, heart rate jumps through the roof). ….. beuler….beuler…. Etc. Picking up from last week’s episode we’re talking once again about creativity, and specifically about how...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 5-31-09

This past week I was on vacation, so I decided to something very simple this Sunday.  I grabbed my best acoustic guitar player and asked him if he would be willing to lead the music.  Dan has done a lot of playing and even led some during college, but it’s been awhile since he was up front on Sunday.  Still, I knew that he had the potential and we’ve even talked about him doing some worship leadership. So, Dan said yes and...

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Weekend Review – 05-3031-09

This weekend was a conglomeration of talents. We had a drummer play who had never played for us on a weekend before, and he only had two hours to prepare. We had an electric guitarist who is normally one of our drummers. He’s growing in his guitar skills and is extremely interested in electric guitar. The others were in their normal roles, but those two key roles had the potential to mess with some of the songs. However,...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 4-26-09

Oh man… it has been a rough couple of weeks.  I was miserable and sick almost all of last week (which is why my Weekend Review post was noticeable absent last Sunday).  Today has been the first day that I’ve had the time to sit down and write this out… I’ve been so busy catching up with everything from last week. Have you ever had that happen?  Where you are frantically trying to get caught up, but in the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0032 – Acoustic Guitar Workshop Part 2 (of 2)

In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin are joined once again by the venerable John Ross to finish up our two part Acoustic Guitar Workshop. We dig a little deeper this week as we talk about the “dynamics” of playing with a band. John gives us some very practical and extremely helpful advice for what acoustic guitarists can do when they’re playing with a band, and also gives worship...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0031 – Acoustic Guitar Workshop – Part 1 (of 2)

In this week’s episode, David and Kevin are joined the the venerable John Ross. John is an Associate pastor at Pearl Church, in the Pearl District in Downtown Portland, OR. In this first part of a two part series, John covers some of the basics of the Acoustic guitar. It’s not only insightful for those of you who are aspiring to be guitarists, but it is insightful for worship leaders who are wanting to know how to talk...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0030 – Being too hard on ourselves

In this week’s episode, David and Kevin talk about “Being too hard on ourselves.” As musicians and artists, we have a tendency to only be pleased with how we perform when the performance is perfect, at least to us. It might not actually be perfect, but it’s perfect to us, we don’t notice any flaws. When that happens, we’re happy. When that doesn’t happen, we beat ourselves up thinking of all...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0029 – Technological Recontextualization

Os Guinness said in his book Prophetic Untimeliness, “After two hundred years of earnest dedication to reinventing the faith and the church and to being more relevant in the world, we are confronted with an embarrassing fact: Never have Christians pursued relevance more strenuously; never have Christians been more irrelevant.” In this week’s episode, David and Kevin breach the topic of “Technological...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0028 – Time management and Rehearsal Preparation

In this week’s episode, David & Kevin talk about Time management and particularly how it relates to being prepared for rehearsals and other events. We talk about some of the struggles in getting prepared and some of the things we can do to be more prepared. This is a very important issue, one that can really add to or take away from our volunteers experience. If we’re prepared, we really set the stage for them to feel...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0027 – Communication

In this week’s episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David & Kevin talk about the art of communication (or the lack thereof). It’s a delicate thing, how much should we communicate, and in how much detail, how often, what should we say, etc. We share some of our personal successes and failures in communicating and talk about some of the goals we have to improve our communication. We hope this episode will...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0026 – Introducing new Songs

Today, David and Kevin tackle a topic that has been a point of contention for many worship leaders for many years – what are the guidelines for introducing a new song? How many new songs can you do throughout the course of a year? When you introduce it, how should you teach it to your congregation? We truly hope that you’ll find this episode of the WMC podcast encouraging and insightful in your pursuit to continually...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 2-22-09

This Sunday I had another one of our co-leaders pick some of the music and lead the songs.  It was kind of exciting, because he picked songs that I normally would never do… but it totally worked.  I think because he’s a co-leader and a layperson, there’s a little more grace from the congregation to do these songs; so I was all for it! The service went well… a few little snags on starting the songs.  One of the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0025 – Year End Review (Part 3)

In this weeks episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin do a follow up to the interview of Jodan Fowler from www.worshiptrench.com. It was such a great episode we just had to continue talking about it this week. If you missed last weeks episode, you really should check it out. We talk about some of our thoughts from the interview, as well as give you some of the details for the Reviews we’re doing with...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0024 – Interview with Jordan Fowler of Worship Trench.com

What a great episode we have for you this week. We talked with Jordan Fowler of www.worshiptrench.com about doing a Year End Review. It is a very uplifting and encouraging conversation for us and I’m sure it will be for you too. Jordan not only shares with us some very helpful insight in how to do a Year End Review, but many other little helpful bits of information along the way. If you’re doing a year end review and have...

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Weekend Review – 02-0708-09

This has been another great weekend.  It’s my “shadow” weekend. Ideally, I’d like to get to the point where this is happening every weekend, but for now, we’re doing it once a month. We had a new acoustic guitarist & a new electric guitarist as well as a new Lyrics person. I would recommend doing this if you don’t. We still have total control over the sound as we can pull the apprentices out of...

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Listed in Leadership Journal

I just found out today that Worship Ministry Catalyst got listed in an article in Leadership Journal about Helpful Worship Blogs. Here’s a pic from the blog “Chris from CA” who also got listed. You can see we’re about 6th from the top. Some of my other Blog friends are listed there as well: Fred McKinnon Worship Trench Chris From Canada Rich Kirkpatrick If I can find a link to the article I’ll post it on...

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