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Worship that isn’t based on Christ, the cross, and the Word of God is worship that is based on emotion and feeling without truth. As worship leaders, we play a role in the spiritual teaching and shepherding of the people we have the privilege of leading.

These familiar passages should be at the forefront of our minds:

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Tim 4:1-2)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)

It is important to be building a strong connection between what we do in worship and the Scriptures in people’s minds. To help reinforce the basis of why we do what we do and why we live the way we live. I think it’s unfortunate when the only time people encounter the Word of God in a service is during the message.

But, how can we weave the Scriptures into the worship service? Continue Reading…

Why I Do What I Do

Chris  —  June 22, 2011 — 5 Comments

There’s an amazing quote that has been floating around the Internet over the past few days. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is:

Why I Do What I Do: A Quote From John Wimber

“The difficulty will not be so much in the writing of new and great music; the test will be the godliness of those that perform and deliver it. In that sense some of our worship community is not well prepared. Many have been allowed into worship leading because there is a need for their worship and musical skills.

But little has been said to them about the need for godliness, spirituality and depth of maturity in their individual and family lives. Quite frankly, many of our musicians are just not steeped in a daily spirituality.”

- John Wimber

Whether you agree or disagree with the theology and philosophy of John Wimber and the Vineyard Movement, the significance of these words cannot be denied. Continue Reading…

One of the things that I have longed believed and tried to pass on to others is that being a worship leader is more than just getting up and singing songs. Much more. I ran across this video on The Worship Community of an interview done with worship leader/artist Aaron Keyes. In it, while talking about the current state of “worship”, the question is asked, “Are we really worshiping?” Check it out.

I have to say that the following line really resonated with me: “We’ve got to do more than lead song – we’ve got to lead people.”

What do you say?

I just found out today that the final piece of the worship leader/church copyright conundrum has been resolved. What piece is it? The ever present question of how to get recordings of songs into the hands of worship team members so they can learn songs before rehearsal, and do so completely legally.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been “flexible” in getting original recordings to our teams so that they could listen to and learn the songs.

But now, CCLI has resolved that issue with the publishing companies, and now has an add-on available to your regular license (which you have, right?).

It’s called the Church Rehearsal License and allows your ministry to legally distribute recordings to your worship team. Instead of me recapturing all the details, I encourage you to check out this new license here.

Copyright compliance is a lot of hassle at times, but I believe it is important and a testimony of integrity as worship leaders to be faithful in this area. I hope that in the church you serve that this is something that isn’t ignored.

Be sure to check out the new Church Rehearsal License today. I’m grateful to finally have this option available.

HUGE Worship Resource Giveaway

Chris  —  February 17, 2011 — 1 Comment

UPDATE: The contest is over, but Proclaim is now available to try out in beta.

Who doesn’t like to get great stuff? Especially if you’re involved with worship ministry and regularly deal with tight budgets and limited resources. But how often does it seem that a giveaway offers a great prize, but the odds of winning are huge? And if you’re like me, it seems like you never win the big prizes, or know anybody who does.

If that’s you, then let me share with you about the

$25,000 Worship Resource Giveaway from Proclaim

New church presentation software is coming out soon called Proclaim and it’s located here http://proclaimonline.com. Unlike all other church presentation software systems, this one will allow pastors, worship leaders, and worship team members to all access and add to the same presentation before it’s presented, and then use the same application to run the presentation during the service. Instead of being a product that you have to install, it’s web-based.
To add to the excitement of the release of Proclaim, they are giving away $25,000 in worship resources in The Great Worship Resource Giveaway. They are going to have 100’s of winners of some of the best worship resources on the market. The giveaway is located on the Proclaim home page http://proclaimonline.com where you will see how to enter. You can also see all the prize partners there, listing out some great resources from companies like Planning Center Online, Graceway Media, Worship Leader Magazine, Centerline Media, Musicademy, Clover Sites, Christian Musician Summit, Luna Guitars, National Worship Leader Conference, and prizes from many more. These are some great resources. I’ve used many of them, and they are top notch companies with top notch products.
I’m excited about this new product Proclaim. It looks to be really awesome and flexible, especially for those in a situation where a lot of volunteers work at preparing media for Sundays. You can see a video of the software on their site which gives a quick detail of how it will help worship leaders and ministry teams. Visit http://proclaimonline.com to see the video, and enter ‘The $25,000 Great Worship Resource Giveaway’.

For: The Institute of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt

When I was first getting into the visual arts as part of worship ministry, I came across a quote that has stuck with me. It’s from a 10 year old book called “Out on the Edge” by Michael Slaughter. He said “the screen is the stained glass window of the 21st century.”

Even as a kid, I remember thinking how odd it was that the church was all about the auditory experience, when we are such visual creatures. That was during the church construction period of make-the-church-as-plain-as-possible-so-it-doesn’t-intimidate-people. Yet, people are drawn to color, significant architecture, pleasing interior design, and the like. Recapturing the expression of art in space and expression can only enhance our connection with God and draw our attention heavenward. Continue Reading…

Mike Cosper, who is worship pastor at Sojourn Church in Kentucky, has a great article about the significance (and theological accuracy) of some of the phrases we use when leading people in worship.

I admit I’ve used some of these phrases, and this article was very eye opening. Check it out.

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