Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0018 – It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas

In this weeks’ episode David & Kevin talk about what we’re doing for Christmas. We thought it would be good to talk about Christmas while there’s still time to help those who listen to this podcast in their planning. As opposed to simply evaluating the podcast after we’ve finished the season. So, we talk about Christmas, what we’re planning on doing, as well as some other stuff that has been going on...

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Weekend Review – 11-1516-08

Okay, so my fingers hurt! Just on my left hand. I played guitar this week, and I’m out of shape. I’m a keyboard player, so I don’t play guitar that much. I did it this weekend to give someone else a chance to play keys. It was good, it’s painful, but good. We had 4 new people on the team this weekend. I know that’s not something that is recommended, but we did it anyway. We had a few veterans on the team...

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Church Leadership Reading Group

Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I’m starting a Church Leadership Reading group on www.goodreads.com. It’s a reading group that will read through leadership books and then discuss how they apply to our churches and our leadership roles within the churches. If you’re interested, follow this link to our group. If you don’t already have an account at good reads, you will probably have to register for one, but they’re...

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Weekend Review – 11-0809-08

This was one of those weekends where I left the service wondering what went right. Of course it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was, but it sure felt like it. It seemed like we just couldn’t get on the same page. It wasn’t that we were fighting each other in tempo or stylistically or anything like that. There was just something that wasn’t right. On “Give it all Away” our acoustic player just...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0017 – The Financial Crisis

In this weeks episode, David & Kevin talk about how the financial crisis is affecting worship ministry. We also talk about improbable pranks, and give a shout out to college football AP poll voters. We know that the current state of the economy has affected how we do worship ministry. That’s why we’re talking about this, because we’re pretty sure that it’s affected the way a lot of worship ministries do...

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The Worship Ministry Catalyst Network

Hey everyone, I just wanted to take a second and remind you about the Worship Ministry Catalyst Network. It’s like facebook for Worship Leaders, but better. You can create your own page, upload your own music and videos, have your own blog, comment on other peoples pages, talk about the podcasts, help solve each others worship ministry issues, etc. I’d love to meet more of you over there. Head on over to the...

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Weekend Review 11-0102-08

This was a fantastic weekend. It was the first weekend where we had a volunteer worship leader and a volunteer band leader working together with almost no help from me. And it went very well! First of all, the worship leader has a tremendous voice that works way better with a lot of the songs we do than mine does. He also has a huge heart for worship, which shows in his stage presence and facial expressions. Our band leader is a great...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0016 – The Church Choir

In this week’s episode, David & Kevin talk about Church Choirs. We’ve both been doing a lot of thinking about church choirs, and are trying to determine whether they are relevant for our churches and our communities. It’s a touchy topic because choir has long been an establishment in many churches, and it often involves a lot of people. But, as we talk about on the podcast, we don’t want to do it just to...

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Weekend Review – 10-2526-08

This weekend was surprisingly easy. There were a couple of things that made it so. The first was that we were only doing 3 songs, so we only had to work them up in the same amount of time that we have to work out four songs on most weekends, so that was good. I also picked some songs that I thought would be easy to pull off considering the instrumentation we had. So, that helped also. It was also the start of our new series, miracles....

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Weekend Review – 10-1819-08

This weekend we had one of our newer drummers playing with us. This was his third time playing with us over all. He’s really working hard at what he’s doing and I can tell that he’s really driven to do the very best he can. I find that I have to evaluate the weekend in a different light when we have someone like him on the team. He’s got a great heart and a great attitude, and feels really privileged to have...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0015 – Premier Week and finding new worship songs

In this weeks’ episode Kevin & I talk about some of the shows that we are excited about being back on TV, and then we dive right into our topic of the day, which is the process we use for finding new worship songs. One of the best ways we have found to come across new songs, is by hearing from you. I know that one of the best ways I’ve come across new songs lately (which we talk about in more detail in the podcast) is...

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Weekend Review – 10-0405-08; 10-1112-08

10-0405-08 I missed last weekend due to a staff retreat, and to be honest I’d much rather review it than this most recent weekend. Last weekend was the final weekend in our Church 1.0 series. It was a great weekend, from beginning to end. To start it off, we had the fullest band I’ve had since I’ve been working here. We had a six piece band – which for some may not seem huge, but for us it was. On top of that,...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0014 – Leadership – Inspiring a Shared Vision

In this weeks episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast we talk about Leadership, and specifically about vision. We’re taking part of our discussion from the book “The Leadership Challenge” by by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. We realize that leadership is a huge topic, and is something that we all have a lot to learn about. We also realize it’s probably the most important topic for all of us....

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Tehilla Music

Rich Kirkpatrick has a new blog. It’s Tehlila Music. It’s a blog for his Music Co. that he’s established and other thoughts on worship by Rich and other worship leaders. Please go over and check it out, it’s new but he’s already got some great posts over...

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Weekend Review 09-2728-08

We had another great weekend this week. This was communion weekend, so that was fun to work in as well. One creative element we did this week was a reading that I found over on nailscars.com. It was called “Will you Serve me in Love?” It worked perfect for what we were talking about this weekend which was showing God’s love. That along with communion made for a pretty full worship set, but we were still done in less...

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The Leadership Challenge

I came across this quote in a book I’m reading, The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes, Posner. In some ways, leaders live their lives backward. They see pictures in their minds eye of what the results will look like even before they’ve started their project, much as an architect draws a blueprint or an engineer builds a model. Their clear image of the future pulls them forward. Yet visions seen only by leaders are...

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