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.
We all know the stories of secular music stars who committed to Christ. In this edition of Friday Fives, five who went one step further, becoming ministers.
Last week controversy erupted when New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady held a press conference in which he repeatedly denied knowing of any tampering with footballs prior to the Patriots’ AFC Championship win. Since then “Deflategate” has been hotly debated by pundits, politicians, and even scientists. We don’t know much about deflated footballs, but we wanted in on the fun. So we took to Twitter with a related ministry question for church leaders: What is the ministry equivalent of playing with a deflated football?
Later in the week the pastor shared this church’s ministry secrets in a seminar. He described the staff’s single-minded emphasis on excellence—for the Sunday worship services… I get it. But I fear this laser focus on the Sunday service is slowly anesthetizing the church and clouding its real mission. It’s no wonder that many people come to worship for an hour on Sunday and then fail to live their faith once they leave the church building.
would be too easy to rent a place out, pass out flyers, make phone calls, create Facebook events so we could do “church.” I could plan a sermon, call up a musician friend, set up chairs, and sing four songs, pass the plate, speak for 30 minutes, shake babies and kiss hands as they walk out and feel good that we held a great church service. But I wouldn’t feel good at all.
Remarkably, in a 75 minute service, Idlewild presented a half dozen theologies. Some of the hymns and messages were New Age — God was called the “I am” and worshipers were encouraged to “live in the Now.” Others were very Old School — Amazing Grace, and an exclusivist message that Jesus is the only way to salvation. These and more were intermingled without much comment. It seemed clear that there were different messages for different people, and the main service was a kind of religious multiplex.