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.
I was pulled aside after a Sunday morning service not long ago by an attender who wanted to know when I was going to be warning the congregation about the impending crash of the world economy that Illuminati would be orchestrating in order to decrease the human population by up to 90%. After several minutes of hearing of the danger of vaccines, conspiracies with communist nations, and the malicious intent of the heads of states, I finally held up a hand and said, “Even if this were all true, I’d be completely comfortable preaching exactly what I just preached.”
We ran a session at a recent training day called “Modern hymns: how are they different? How to (re)write one”. We’ll run an article in due course on the nuts and bolts of writing a modern hymn but for now here are a few snippets from the session…
“When you were writing it, did you have any idea how big it would be?”
“Are you kidding me?” he replied. “The original melody was written on the back of a Northern Ireland electricity bill, which at the end of the year I threw in the trash! No, I had not a clue!”
I have found that most musicians are quite opinionated. To be honest, this used to bother me because I took it as a sign of disrespect. I wanted the team to just come in with a smile and keep their opinion to themselves. Then I learned that there is value in the opinions of others. This does not mean that I drop a song because the electric guitarist doesn’t like it, but I do let them have a voice. After all, a team is not much of a team if the leader’s voice is the only one heard. So, I want to play out a few scenarios that you will most likely encounter (if you haven’t already) and provide a response you can use that will benefit your team. This will also help keep you from getting upset with others who disagree with your song choice.
Worshipping Through John is a 52 session devotional designed to walk praise teams, together or as individuals, through the full Gospel of John. Each session includes a reading, focus verse, devotion related to issues faced in contemporary worship, and two discussion questions to delve into. In the course of this journey, teams will grow together as they pursue God’s will for worship in their local congregation, exploring issues of head and heart, team dynamics, practice, environment, performance, individual and corporate worship, personal faith, and more! If you are looking to develop a deeper and more vibrant worship ministry, whatever your context, Worshipping Through John is a fantastic tool to help.