Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0024 – Interview with Jordan Fowler of Worship Trench.com

What a great episode we have for you this week. We talked with Jordan Fowler of www.worshiptrench.com about doing a Year End Review. It is a very uplifting and encouraging conversation for us and I’m sure it will be for you too. Jordan not only shares with us some very helpful insight in how to do a Year End Review, but many other little helpful bits of information along the way. If you’re doing a year end review and have...

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Weekend Review – 02-0708-09

This has been another great weekend.  It’s my “shadow” weekend. Ideally, I’d like to get to the point where this is happening every weekend, but for now, we’re doing it once a month. We had a new acoustic guitarist & a new electric guitarist as well as a new Lyrics person. I would recommend doing this if you don’t. We still have total control over the sound as we can pull the apprentices out of...

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Listed in Leadership Journal

I just found out today that Worship Ministry Catalyst got listed in an article in Leadership Journal about Helpful Worship Blogs. Here’s a pic from the blog “Chris from CA” who also got listed. You can see we’re about 6th from the top. Some of my other Blog friends are listed there as well: Fred McKinnon Worship Trench Chris From Canada Rich Kirkpatrick If I can find a link to the article I’ll post it on...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0023 – Using non-Christian Musicians in the worship band

Break out the Heresy hat because we’re bringing on the controversy this week on the Worship Ministry Catalyst podcast. In this week’s episode David & Kevin talk about using Non-Christian Musicians in the Worship Band. For too many of us, we just answer “no” without ever thinking about it. But could it be possible that we’re missing out on an opportunity by not keeping an open mind? Listen in to find...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0022 – Crash & burn

A bit over dramatic…but…sometimes things happen. Sometimes plans fail and sometimes not because of anything we did or didn’t do. That’s what David & Kevin talk about in this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast. What do you do when things Crash & burn? We would love to hear from you about this topic. Maybe you found yourself in the same situation this last Christmas. If you did, we’d...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0021 – Doing a year end Review (Part 1 of …)

And we’re back! After a little Break around the busy time of Christmas and then vacation, we’re finally back with an all new episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst podcast. In this week’s episode David and Kevin start talking about doing a year end review. We started this conversation before Christmas, and it sparked both a good discussion and some follow up that is going to bring about another episode or more...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0020 – Perfectionism

Do you ever feel like you’re at war with yourself? Not as in split personalities, but in terms of you desire to have a perfect worship service and your desire to please God. Are these even at odds with each other? In this week’s episode, David and Kevin talk about trying to find a balance between our desire for perfection while at the same time not loosing sight of what’s important. Kevin talks about a recent...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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