Weekend Review – 08-2930-09

Early on last week I had a choice, I could spend the week trying to fill up the band, or do something different. Considering the amount of time I’ve spent over the course of this summer simply trying to have a band on any given weekend, I decided to do something different. So, I cleared the stage, moved the piano to Center stage & set up one additional mic. It was just myself and one of our female vocalists for the weekend....

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0043 – Coldplay Concert vs. Church Production

In This week’s podcast David & Kevin talk about a coldplay concert that Kevin had just gone to and we compare that to what we do in our church services. We talk about what drives the production value at a concert like the coldplay concert and what drives the production values in our churches. I don’t want to give away the whole episode, so check it out below! If you have some insight to offer on this topic, we’d...

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Weekend Review – 08-2223-09

This weekend was my first weekend back after vacation, it was kind of like going back to school. I wasn’t gone for long, but it was still a little weird coming back. Maybe you’ve experienced that same feeling? This was a great weekend. Our focus was on communion and enjoying our salvation. So, we did a short sermon and spent a little more time on communion as well as split the service up in a different way. The service was...

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Weekend Review – 08-0809-10

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a review. Sorry about that. Life has been a little crazy and quite honestly I’m a little burned out right now, so those would be the two major culprits for why. This weekend, we didn’t have a drummer. Every week seems to be a struggle to find a drummer, and I probably could have found one for this week, but as I started thinking about it, I realized I might be...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0042 – Dealing with our own emotions during worship

This week, David & Kevin talk about what we do with our emotions when we’re leading worship. What do we do to make sure we are keeping our emotions in check so that we can effectively lead while at the same time make sure that we don’t remove all emotion from ourselves. It’s a tricky topic, one that I’m sure you have dealt with a lot in your experience with being involved in a worship ministry. If you have...

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Episode 0041 – Dealing with the summer lull, MJ & West coast live from a previously recorded broadcasts

In this episode David & Kevin get a little wrapped up in talking about the Live – recorded from and earlier live broadcast conundrum we face living on the west coast of the United States. After that, we get into talking about some things we might be able to do to take advantage of the summer. We also talk about the huge loss in the music industry, MJ & all the things we have because of the King of Pop. If you have some...

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Worship Ministry Catalsyt – Episode 0040 – Piano Workshop Part 2 (of 2)

Pianos, Pianos everywhere and not a key to plunk. This episode is the first of two in our first workshop on playing piano in the worship band. In a lot of contemporary worship music, keys tend to be harder and harder to come by. Not anymore, keys are making a comeback, baby! We do some talking about some ways to stay sharp as a piano player and some of the philosphy we use when we play, then we start with some of the basics. If you...

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Weekend Review 07-05-09

I don’t know about you, but this was a weird week. We canceled our Saturday evening service because it was the fourth of July (for anyone not from America, that’s an important day for us, and if you’re from Great Britain – well – sorry). So we only had one Service on Sunday morning, which means the band only had Sunday morning to get ready and one service to get it all right. Normally, we have rehearsal...

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Weekend Review – 06-2728-09

Do you ever have one of those feelings? You know, when you haven’t heard from your drummer all week, and an hour and a half before the rehearsal is supposed to start, you give them a call to confirm, and they’re out on the lake? Yeah….so….. We had two different drummers, one for Saturday evening and one for Sunday morning. They both did great, especially considering the extremely little time they had to...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0039 – Piano Workshop Part 1 (of 2)

Pianos, Pianos everywhere and not a key to plunk. This episode is the first of two in our first workshop on playing piano in the worship band. In a lot of contemporary worship music, keys tend to be harder and harder to come by. Not anymore, keys are making a comeback, baby! We do some talking about some ways to stay sharp as a piano player and some of the philosphy we use when we play, then we start with some of the basics. If you...

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Weekend Review – 06-2021-09

Do you ever find it hard to focus on 8 things at once? I sure do. How do we do it? Seriously! How can you focus on your vocals, your pitch, your keyboard parts, the other vocalists, the acoustic, the electric, the bass and the drums…all at the same time. I’ve got to be honest with you, it’s been a challenge. So, it was Father’s day, and we didn’t really do anything special for it. We showed a video and...

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Weekend Review – 06-1314-09

I wasn’t on the band at all this weekend. One of our volunteers (who used to lead worship at a church and has extensive music experience as well as his wife) led worship and it was great. He was face with a few challenges, a drummer who hadn’t played in 4 months, a drummer/electric guitarist who played bass and an electric player who played for the first time, and he did a great job. It’s such a blessing to be able...

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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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Artist Development – Photography Team

For about the last 6 – 8 months we’ve been starting to build a Photography team at our church. So far, we haven’t done all that much with it, but the possibilities of it are huge. I thought I’d share with you what we have already done, and what we’re planning on doing. When we first started, I simply publicized the possibility to our congregation and we had three or four photographers express interest....

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Weekend Review – 06-0607-09

This was one of those weekends. You know the really good ones? We just had all of our ducks in a row, we had our A game on and it was good. Our Senior pastor, who’s a musician, actually thought it was a CD when he was hearing us from his office. So, this weekend we had all of our 1st stringers on the docket and it makes all the difference in the world. I could trust the drummer and rest in his groove, I could work around the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0037 – Creativity

Routine, Rut, habit, pattern, whatever you like to call it, we all get into them. Well, this week, we’re trying to Bust Out. Not necessarily on the podcast, but in our Worship Services. Have you found yourself there? You want to be creative, you want to do things that people aren’t expecting, and you want to do things that will inspire people to keep coming back. And yet, for some reason, we keep doing the same old thing....

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