Weekend Links

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.

I love seeing new music for the church getting crowdfunded, so I’m happy to pass along this link to Wendell Kimbrough’s kickstarter:

I am thrilled to announce the launch of this new project: Psalms & Hymns for worship. My artist-in-residency has been fruitful, and I believe these are the best songs I have written. I invite you to visit my Kickstarter page, hear the story behind the music, and join me in making this project a success. Take a look, kick in what you can, and tell your friends! Thank you!!

Garrett Kell lists seven reasons that you really need to get yourself to church – regularly:

Faithful church attendance does not earn salvation, nor does it act as a measure to rate spiritual greatness over and against other people. It does, however, reflect a growing commitment to the gospel, the good of the church community, and spiritual health… Faithful attendance honors Christ and builds up His church. Non-attendance moves in the other direction. It makes light of His name and harms His church in many ways and for many reasons…

Karl Vaters encourages your quirky church to keep on embracing the quirkiness:

I like quirky churches.

And I’m pretty sure God does, too.

Just take a look at the astonishing variety of churches in the New Testament. Not to mention the churches and church leaders he’s used in the last 2,000 years.

Some churches stay small because they’re boring. Some churches get big and then get boring.

Other churches stay small because they stay quirky. We don’t need less of them. We need more of them. And we don’t need them to be less quirky. We need them to turn the quirky up!

Bobby Gilles shares a really nice liturgical reading to go along with your offering:

Here is a script I’ve written for the offering portion of our worship service liturgy, specifically for a service that celebrates giving as an act of worship of the God who delivers us from sin and Satan. Feel free to use it in your own worship services…

God has delivered us from Satan, and from the penalty of our own sin. No one and nothing else could do this…

Every worship leader is a pastor, but if that doesn’t come naturally to you, dig into these tips from Rich Birch:

Church leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us are strategic thinkers … some aren’t. You might be called to teach the Bible … while others don’t have that same burning drive. Some of us love being around and helping other people … while others don’t. Does not being “pastoral” let you off the hook for some basic pastoral care disciplines? I’ve heard some church leaders twist the idea of gifting so they feel totally freed from caring for the people in their church. That seems like a misapplication of Paul’s teaching on how we function as a community of Christ… Even if we aren’t in a primarily “caring” role, we need to care for people. Here are six simple tips for folks (like me!) to whom all this “people stuff” doesn’t come naturally…

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