Weekend Review 09-2021-08 – Connections Weekend

This was a great weekend! We had a full band of some of our most skilled musicians in the band this weekend, and it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes. I understand that a big part of my job is training up new musicians, but working with trained musicians is a completely different experience. We had our usual practice on Sat. Afternoon that was an hour and a half long. Usually, we’re fighting to just get through...

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Christmas is coming the goose is getting…

FAT!!! I don’t know if you’ve been having the same problem I’ve been having, but when it’s 92 degrees outside, it doesn’t matter how loud you crank up the Christmas Music, it’s extremely hard to get into the Christmas mood. And when it’s hard to get in the Christmas mood, it’s hard to plan for Christmas. This year at our church, we really trying to come up with something very different...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0013 – Ownership

First off, let us apologize for the sniffles and ragged voices. Both Davd & Kevin were fighting colds at the recording of this podcast. David and Kevin talk about building ownership among your worship ministry. We talk about some of the things we are going to be trying to do this church year to try to build ownership among the people who serve in our worship ministries. We would appreciate any feedback you have for us and other...

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Weekend Review 09-1314-08

Not quite the best of both worlds. It was a great weekend. We had a full band, which is fantastic. We also had a group of people who really wanted to do the music correctly which is also great. However, since we haven’t started up our midweek rehearsals yet, all of our rehearsal time was eaten up on working the songs and not the transitions, so there were a couple of spots that were rough in the service. Aside from that,...

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Anatomy of a good song chart – pt. 1

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself in this situation more than once. You’re getting your charts ready for rehearsal, and as you’re doing so you come across a chart that you know is weak. But, because you’re running out of time, you just go ahead and shove it into the copier. Not long after that you find yourself in a rehearsal and all of a sudden you’re wishing you had taken the time to...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0012 – Kevin gets a cool opportunity, BBQ, Training Worship Leaders

In this weeks’ episode David and Kevin talk about the cool opportunity that he got for his worship team. It’s very cool, and you’ll want to be sure to check that out. We also talked about showing appreciation for your team members as well as more on training up worship leaders. We would love to hear your thoughts on these and any other worship issue you may be dealing with. You can get in touch with us by leaving a...

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Weekend Review 09-0607-08

This weekend is kind of our get back into gear weekend. We’ve been doing some low key stuff for the summer, but now that everyone’s going back to school and their routines are getting formed for the year, we’re starting to ramp things back up. Our band was almost full this weekend. I’m doing my best to fill all the slots every weekend for now. That’s totally against my philosophy, but a necessity for right now. I hate the idea of...

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Coming Back Soon

I just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be back to blogging – probably tomorrow. I’ve been on vacation the last couple of weeks, and decided it would be good to take a little break. But, fall is here and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. So you’ll be hearing more from me again...

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Weekend Review 08-1617-08

This week was great, we had a great worship time with a trio of musicians up there for the weekend. Keys, Bass & Drums. No vocalists except for me. And it turned out pretty good. The upside – I got to experiment with my coldplay keys technique and try to come up with some catchy hooks for some of the songs that are normally acoustic or electric driven, so that was kind of fun. At the same time, doing that takes away from my...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0011 – Olympics, China and Worship Service Evaluation Wrap Up

In this weeks episode David and Kevin spend time talking about their recent Olympics experience and the lack of sleep they have had as a result of staying up too late to watch them. We talk about a topic Rich Kirkpatrick brought up on his blog. After that we get into wrapping up our discussion on Worship Service Evaluation, among other things. We would love to hear your feedback on any of the topics mentioned in this weeks podcast....

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WMC – Now Listed on Alltop!

Worship Ministry Catalyst is now featured on alltop. You can click here to read more about who alltop is. It’s basically a huge feed of related sites. The church.alltop.com section has several different types of sites and blogs listed. Some are are pastors blogs, others are media & design help for chuches, among many others. Head on over there and check out worship ministry catalyst on http://church.alltop.com/. And check...

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Weekend Review 08-0910-08

This weekend was another good weekend. We had a new drummer this weekend – which was great. It’s great to have someone else who’s willing and excited to play. He’s got a big learning curve to pick up a bunch of new songs as he first gets going, but I’m sure he will do great. We did: Rest in Your Peace (my song) Portland City Fest Promo How Great is Our God Holy is the Lord VBS Highlights Sermon Everlasting God Bill was talking...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0010 – Worship Band Workshop – Drums

In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast we talk to Lee Campen. Lee is one of our drummers at our church. In the interview we talk about some philosophical issues when it comes to playing drums. We talk about some of the issues that aren’t talked about all that much when it comes to playing drums. We talked about some things a drummer needs to think when they’re playing the drums, playing dynamically, and...

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Random Thoughts #2

I wanted to write some more about routine. I talked about it last week, and got some interesting feedback on that post. I wanted to talk about it on a very practical level. It’s another way that routine could be a bad thing. Remember last week I said there are some situations in life where routine is good. It’s good to have a rhythm to your life. It’s good to have things you can rely on. On the flip side of that, if everything in our...

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Weekend Review – 08-0203-08

This weekend, we are without a drummer. At first I thought it was going to be rough and awkward, but it actually turned out quite well. This was our set: I Will Boast How Can I Keep From Singing Welcome Your Name Rescue Message I’ll go Where He wants me to go (My Arr. of the Hymn) We had Trevor lead How can I keep from singing and Danielle led Your Name. It’s great as the worship leader to be able to step back a little. I could...

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Weekend Review 07-2627-08

Yeah, I know this is very late, but at least I’m doing it. We’ve actually already done our review of the weekend on Tuesday morning in our worship planning meeting, I’ve just not had time to be able to write it down here yet. I put in a couple of retro songs this weekend. One of them, that everyone seemed to know, and the other one, everyone seemed to know the chorus only. This was our set: Your Love Oh Lord Here Am...

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