Reconsidering the Worship Leader, Part 5: Jesus: The Worship Leader of Culture
Dec17

Reconsidering the Worship Leader, Part 5: Jesus: The Worship Leader of Culture

What is culture anyway? Etymologically, the word culture comes from the Latin verb colere, which refers literally to agriculture, tilling the ground in order to grow things.  “Culture is not only what we grow what we make, both with our hands and with our minds.  It incudes our houses, our barns, our tools, our cities and towns, and our arts and crafts.  It also includes the systems of ideas that we build up:  science, philosophy,...

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WMC-0161 – It’s Time To Get Ready For Christmastime
Nov30

WMC-0161 – It’s Time To Get Ready For Christmastime

It’s Time To Get Ready For Christmastime!   It’s that time of year! If you haven’t started planning for Christmas, it’s time to start now! Well, yesterday would have been better, but today will work too. Let’s get going on Christmas, and some things that might help you prepare. If you’re looking for an idea for a family service or a theme to tie your Christmas service, or kids Christmas...

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Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 4: Jesus: The Worship Leader of the Church
Nov19

Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 4: Jesus: The Worship Leader of the Church

We began in Part 1 of our 5 part blog series concerning Jesus as Worship Leader by considering the writer of Hebrews reference to Jesus in Hebrews 8:2 as “minister.”  Not only is Jesus’ identity that of High Priest in the heavenly realms, but the work he performs on our behalf is that of ministry.  I’d encourage you to check out why Jesus is the only one able to bear the title Worship Leader (Part 1).  Secondly, we considered in Part...

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Do We Believe What We Sing?
Nov03

Do We Believe What We Sing?

In most modern day churches we sing.  Whether your church is modern or traditional, liturgical or free, you probably have singing as some part of your service.  Now the question of “Why do we sing?” is another matter for another time, but do we ever pay attention to what we sing? Recently I have moved and started at a new church as their Minister of Technical Arts.  This is a huge change for me, first just moving to a new church in a...

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Helping Your Church Navigate Change
Oct27

Helping Your Church Navigate Change

“Annie Hawks would be turning over in her grave if she heard that song!” This was the very passionate statement said to me after church one Sunday. We had just done the Matt Maher / Christy Nockles song, “Lord, I Need You”. The song is largely based and/or inspired by the hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” written by Annie Hawks. And on this particular Sunday, the song was close enough but different...

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The Day I Walked Away From My Church
Oct20

The Day I Walked Away From My Church

Our small church in a Pennsylvania river town had been losing people steadily for months, people who included our senior pastor and our associate pastor, not to mention dozens of others. Why that happened is a long story — too long for this space. But those that remained gathered on a chilly December morning to worship together one last time before our church was dissolved and all our assets were turned over to a megachurch from...

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WMC-0158 – What To Do When People Walk Away From The Church
Oct19

WMC-0158 – What To Do When People Walk Away From The Church

What To Do When People Walk Away From The Church   We live in a time where it is becoming more and more likely that people are leaving our churches. Not all churches, but a lot of them. Chances are, you know someone(s) who has left the church behind. Maybe they were wounded. Maybe they weren’t. Maybe they’re being selfish. Maybe they’re just tired. Maybe They’re burnt out. Who knows. The question is, what...

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Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 3: Jesus: The Worship Leader of the Cosmos
Oct15

Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 3: Jesus: The Worship Leader of the Cosmos

His call to worship is the rising of the Sun, his Benediction, the Moon. In our previous posts (Part 1 & Part 2) we have looked at Jesus as the supreme and only Worship Leader (High Priest) worthy of such a title—its who he IS.  In Part 2 of our series we considered what he does as our worship leader.  Understanding Jesus’ role is crucial in the universe because the form and duties that he observes and preserves in his kingdom...

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WMC – 0157 – More Thoughts On Change
Sep24

WMC – 0157 – More Thoughts On Change

More Thoughts On Change… In the last episode of the podcast, Kevin & I talked about change. Kevin shared with us some of the things he was learning about change as his church goes through the unexpected process of renovating their auditorium. In this episode, we talk about the bigger change we are all dealing with. We live in a time when things are changing very fast. It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s...

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Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 2: Jesus’ Priestly Liturgy
Sep17

Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 2: Jesus’ Priestly Liturgy

Jesus IS a High Priest, but what does He DO? In our last post we looked at the fact that Jesus in Hebrews 8:2 is identified as the sole minister (leitourgos) of heaven.   Our High Priest!   This is one major aspect of his Identity.  Therefore, it was our conclusion that the only One worthy to receive the big “T” title of Worship Leader is Jesus Himself.   It’s who he is.  No one else can claim this ontologically (in being). However,...

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Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 1: Jesus The High Priest
Aug13

Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 1: Jesus The High Priest

You know, the one in skinny jeans, designer hair, with the voice of a Nightingale. Remember the famous bully party line; “sticks and stones will break your bones, but words can never hurt you.”  It sounds nice, but any person knows this phrase is chalked full of deception. The truth is, words are like containers.  They are filled to the brim with meaning, and they are profoundly forming.  Words shape the way we see life.  Words filled...

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The Purpose of Christian Change and What it Means for Worship Leaders
Jul30

The Purpose of Christian Change and What it Means for Worship Leaders

We all know the cliché that change is the only constant—yet, it’s pretty much human nature to struggle when we are hit with change, right? One would expect Christians to be more receptive to change simply because our very faith is built upon the concept of change—the old giving way to the new. Remember how our Lord famously declared, “Behold, I am making ALL things new” (Revelation 21:5), how about that! But when we speak about change...

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange: Moving to a New Church
Jul28

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange: Moving to a New Church

Okay, so last time I quoted The Clash and this time I’m quoting David Bowie.  In my last post “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” I raised a big question many of us in ministry have asked ourselves before, when is it time to move on?  So naturally this brings up the question, what do I do when I get to my new place?  This is something that most people in ministry have experienced at least once, if not multiple times before.  If you...

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WMC-0156 – Dealing With Change…
Jul07

WMC-0156 – Dealing With Change…

Dealing With Change… Change is hard for some people. There are some who like it, but it seems that most struggle with it on some level. In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin talk about some of the changes Kevin’s church is going through. Kevin also shares some great insights he has learned through the process. So, if you’re looking for some wisdom when it comes to change, this is...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?
May29

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The words of the band The Clash have been in my mind for a while now. Should I stay or should I go now? Should I stay or should I go now? If I go, there will be trouble And if I stay it will be double So come on and let me know  Now while this song is about a relationship and really has nothing to do with discerning God’s will, it is an interesting question to ponder. We all know that God has a plan, and our lives are just a part of...

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Exploring the Heart of the New Song—the Song and the Singer
May27

Exploring the Heart of the New Song—the Song and the Singer

Generally, when we talk about new songs, we either mean an unknown song (could have been released yesterday or even a hymn written centuries ago) or a known song reworked musically in a fresh arrangement—sometimes with a new chorus/refrain/bridge added also. In this article, let’s look at something deeper than that.  In John’s visions recorded in the book of revelation, we learn two profound aspects of the “new song” that we will be...

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