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.

Chris Vacher posted a great roundup of Christmas planning resources for worship leaders:

If you’re not already up to your eyeballs in Christmas, it won’t be long! Just like Sunday comes every week, Christmas comes every year and we have this incredible opportunity of welcoming people into our churches for Advent, Sundays leading up to Christmas, Christmas Eve services and maybe even a Christmas Day service.

Of course the story we tell and the songs we sing at Christmas better be focused directly on the birth of Jesus, the arrival of the Messiah, the incarnation of God Himself but how we present that story and invite people to engage with it can be a challenge.

Thom Schultz shared about a new church that only meets once a month. I’m not too sure about this:

Even people who describe themselves as regular churchgoers are attending less frequently these days. That’s one of the factors that is contributing to shrinking church attendance on any given Sunday.

“People don’t have time for the model we’ve offered,” says Seattle church planter Jim Henderson. “It seems that when it comes to attending a Sunday church service, people have determined that once a month just about covers it.”

So, Henderson recently launched Once a Month Church in the Seattle area…

Jamie Brown sings the praisifications of creatifying brand new words while leading worship:

It came out when I was encouraging the congregation to offer words/prayers of thanksgiving and praise to God. And in my mental search for the word “exaltation” (which is indeed an actual word), I was faced with all of the different options:

1. Exalt. 2. Exalting. 3. Exalted. 4. Exaltation. 5. ExxonMobil.

And instead of using any of those existing options, I chose to make up a new one…

Tony Morgan re-posted an entertaining article about what Target stores would look like if they ran like churches:

‘Tis the season to shop for Christmas gifts, so I recently made a trip to Target. I love Target because I don’t have to spend a lot of money, and I avoid going to Wal-Mart.

After spending a little bit of time in the store, it struck me how different Target is from most churches I’ve visited in the past. That led me to wondering how Target would be different if it operated like the typical church. So, with that in mind, here’s my initial list…

Well, I guess this is one way to audition for the worship team:

Rick shows us how to nail a worship team audition with his pre-audition tape. It’s all about the man-bun.

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