Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂

Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Jon Nicol has some suggestions on being the guest worship leader at a retreat:

Will I pick the right songs? Will they participate? Will they like me? And when the guest leading is for a retreat or a conference setting, it can get even more sticky. Sure you have time to win them over and draw them in, but you might be the one wanting to retreat if things don’t go well. After leading retreats for several organizations, I’m learning there are three things that make all the difference.

Debbi Barnett offers female musicians some advice on what to wear while leading worship:

For most of us, the legality of what is proper attire for a woman in ministry does not rack our brains whenever we are called upon to serve. For some of us, we are told what to wear and what not to wear. Should we wear make-up or not, fingernail polish…the list goes on (sounds like a song huh) etc…

Eleanor Mumford (yes, she’s related) talks about worship music:

My plea to our wonderful worship leaders is that we would keep it simple, keep it pure, keep it unsullied, keep it intimate, keep it centered on Jesus, telling him how wonderful he is.

Greg Atkinson recalls some insightful ministry advice from his uncle:

I was 18 years old and serving my first church. A little church out in the country. My uncle (a veteran minister) was coming to visit and I eagerly awaited his feedback. I was a worship pastor back then and my uncle had been a worship pastor since the 70′s. His words to me? “Walk slowly through the pews.” I didn’t understand.

Michael Bleecker on being approachable:

When approached by a member of our church or cornered by an enthusiastic musician who has an idea about how I can do things differently (“better” may be a more appropriate word here), or when I hear those horrifying words, “We need to talk” from my wife, how do I receive such advice, ideas and/or correction?

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