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.
The RSWL unfortunately tends to inherit bad habits from his secular counterparts. A famous rock star making millions from his music can afford to be self absorbed and narcissistic – it even enhances his mystique. Narcissism doesn’t go over so well in a church and people start resenting the guy. A Google search on the subject showed me it’s a growing topic among fed up churchgoers.
These thoughts were spawned by a recent conversation with my pastor at church. The times, they are a-changing. In my 12-year tenure at my home church, the bulletin style and format has not changed. Not even once. Same size, same font, same tear off response card, same layout for sermon notes. While sameness isn’t in itself bad, and change in and of itself isn’t good just for the sake of change, we all should take time to refocus, reflect, and redesign what meets the needs of the Church. So what are our options for change and growth in the area of the church bulletin?
No doubt, there’s power in the music we choose and in the songs we sing. Music can be one of the most potent tools we have for teaching truth and expressing faith. Lots of us learned our alphabet by singing it. (You’re singing “A,B,C,D,E,F,G…” right now, aren’t you?) But it stuck with us, right? The point was never to teach us a catchy tune, but to develop our literacy.
In many churches today, no one questions whether women are qualified to lead worship. Yet, because of the legacy of discrimination against women in ministry, we need to call women to minister through the authority of God’s Word. Many of us were raised in denominations that allowed very limited ministry functions for women. The power and precedent of this example hinders many women from actively pursuing ministry. At the very least, there is a lingering doubt in the minds of many women and men regarding the rightful place of women in ministry. To affirm God’s call to women, we will look at some significant examples of women leaders in the New Testament.