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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…

In this episode, Average Joe wonders why he can’t have a power like other super people when he tries to start a fire.

Part of the “Superheroes of the Bible” series at CrossPoint Community Church.

Check out Episode 1 here.

There’s a lot of talk about creativity, but do we really know what it is? Especially in the church or ministry context? Is everything we define as “creative” really so?

I’ve heard creativity defined or expressed in many different ways. To some it means:

• Adapting
• “Borrowing”
• Always having something new
• Right brain activity
• Something only a few have or can do
• Mysterious
• Only seen in the fields of art, music, and dance
• Inborn
• Something that can be learned

The New Oxford American Dictionary says that ‘creativity’ involves the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work. In starting its article on creativity, Wikipedia begins by saying that it refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art etc.) that has some kind of value.

I do know the church used to be the center of creative excellence and innovation. People like Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel. Bach regularly composed amazing pieces of music. The cathedrals of old had amazing architecture and depictions in stained glass. These were done to capture the mystery, wonder, and magnificence of God. And they did it rather well.

I think another thing to remember is that creativity is part of what we were given by God that sets humans apart from animals. When the Bible says that we were created in God’s image, it’s not referring to the fact that we have legs and hands and eyes. What we have are souls, the capacity for good and evil, and the ability to create.

There is a lot written about creativity. One article that I read recently on ChurchLeaders.com by Chase Layman [Blog|Twitter] is called Creativity: The Person and the Process, and in it he addresses some of the myths and truths about creativity.

It is important for those involved in creative endeavors to have some understanding of what we’re doing. That understanding can only help us as we do what God has called and equipped us to do.

How would you define creativity? Be sure to share in the comments below.

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’.

…but fun! The classic sword fighting scene from the beginning of the Princess Bride…

…Done with lightsabers!

Enjoy!

(Thanks, Jon)

Okay, I’ll admit this has nothing to do with worship. But the use of technology to visualize the amazing changes in the health and wealth of our world is fascinating. While the information is interesting, how it is presented makes it fascinating.

Finally, there’s an answer to the age-old question that can plague your average worship pastor. “What do I do when there’s not a drummer, and we have no natural rhythm?”

Well, apparently, the David Crowder Band has solved that problem. Check out Steve-3PO.

And here he is in action at a concert (just one of many examples).

It seems that when they were recording their Church Music album, their drummer recorded multiple drum tracks for some of the song. When asked how they were going to accomplish the layered drums in live concerts, he came up with the idea of building a robotic drummer.

Love how these guys are so creative and innovative.

(Thanks, John)

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