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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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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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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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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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0036 – Witty banter regarding Hymns and choruses

In this week’s episode, David and Kevin are once again on location at Laurelwood Baptist Church. This time we’re talking once again about Hymns and Choruses and poke a little fun. We also celebrate a few milestones in this episode, both personally and “organizationally.” If you have some insight to offer on this topic, we’d love to hear from you. One of the ways you can do that is to join our growing...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0035 – Worship Leadership Team

In this week’s episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin talk about the idea of a worship leadership team. Unless we’re still trying to fool ourselves, we’ve all realized by now that we can’t do this thing called worship ministry by ourselves. This is the first time we actually talk about the idea of a worship leadership team, a team that gets together to discuss what’s going on in...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0034 – Contemporary Liturgy Part 2 (of 2)

In this weeks episode of The Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin are joined once again by John Ross. We’re wrapping up our discussion on liturgy. If you missed the first episode you can check it out here. (Also, If you missed the episodes we did about acoustic guitar techniques you’ll definitely want to check those out. Part 1 and Part 2.) and have now moved on to talking about the use of Liturgy in a...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0033 – Contemporary Liturgy Part 1 (of 2)

In this weeks episode of The Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin are joined once again by John Ross. We’ve finished our discussions about Acoustic guitar (If you missed those episodes you’ll definitely want to check those out. Part 1 and Part 2.) and have now moved on to talking about the use of Liturgy in a contemporary setting. It’s a big topic (Just like the acoustic guitar) and there’s no way...

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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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The neverending Debate (and I’m not talking Hymns and choruses)

So, this week, I once again came up against a couple of problems on my mac that I’ve never had on any PC. We use Adobe’s InDesign to do our bulletin in, and my Mac is the only computer with the software on it. Therefore, our office manager logs on to my computer via logmein.com when she needs to work on and print the bulletin. Well, I’ve been trying to create her a fully functining account that she can log into...

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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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