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.

David Manner suggests a great idea: recording your services so that you can do your own ‘post-game analysis':

Why aren’t worship leading teams regularly incorporating similar practices? Implementing a post service process of analyzing worship service videos would definitely require a level of humility, trust and shared accountability. It would also require selfless leadership that understands sacrificing ones own interests for the greater worshiping good of the congregation. And those sacrifices would positively affect subsequent worship services.

Kevin Riner lists some of the reasons that writing a corporate worship song can be so hard:

I’ve written a lot of songs in my life. I mean a lot. I recorded four CDs. I’ve played in numerous bands and on numerous projects and I must say the hardest thing I have ever tried to accomplish is writing a corporate worship song. What makes it difficult for me is…

Josh Pauley doesn’t want you to get eaten by a shark:

I grew up on the coast. Being so close to the ocean, I spent a lot of my time on the sandy shores of the beach. When you grow up around water and it’s all you know you are sometimes tempted to take chances that really aren’t the smartest decisions. When hurricanes were off the coast creating massive swells you’d head out to surf or bodyboard. When there was a strong under toe and they posted “No Swimming” signs, you’d still swim, because those were meant for tourists and people who didn’t grow up with the ocean as their swimming pool! However, there was one thing you didn’t do… you didn’t become shark bait.

Worship Leader Magazine has a brief but interesting interview with The Digital Age:

Seriously though, we knew pretty early on that the four of us wanted to continue making music together in some form or fashion after the curtain was closing on the DC*B. We are all very invested in our community called UBC in a little college town called Waco, Texas, home of Baylor University. It is the same church that was the home of the DC*B and remains the home of The Digital Age! As far as the “new moniker” goes, it would have been a bit awkward to maintain the previous band name, so that decision was pretty easy!

Matt Turrigiano muses about being a worship leader, being a grandfather, and turning forty:

I feel a sense of urgency that I’ve never really experienced before. Turning 30 was really cool for me, I felt like in some way I had finally arrived in that I wasn’t just a snot nosed kid anymore… I was/am still brash at time, still driven beyond the norm… that’s just how I’m wired… but time seemed limitless and was of not really a thought let alone a concern. But a decade later, while hopefully a bit more wise, a bit more loving, with a bit more experience, I’m consumed with using my time well more than anything else. More to the point, I want to use my time in this season, one in which I am fully invested in stewarding the ministry of worship here at my home church and beyond, to the very best of my abilities… because I know it will not last forever. And I don’t want to get to the end of this assignment, and think, gosh if I had only done thus or so, it would have made a huge difference in someone(s) life and in the life of my church, the movement, etc.

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