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.

Heather Goodman on the intersection between emotionality and spirituality and how that affects our worship:

Just like God’s words never pass away, our hearts are the papyrus where not just words, but every interaction which we have truly experienced between Him and us in a place of intimacy are written. And once they are written on us in that way, they are permanent. You cannot rid yourself of things that are written in your heart by God – those places of intersection are forever renewed and changed and made One with Him. And much of that is touched emotionally.

So now, let’s talk about music, and worship.

Eric Drew shares the good and the bad about that big church down the street:

You know the one I’m talking about. It’s in your town, or close enough. They have the fancy lights, loud music, and they’re stealing our young families. That’s right, I visited THAT big church recently. Here’s what I saw…

Dwayne Moore on the similarities between worship ministry and football:

Besides the fact that I’m a huge football fan (Roll Tide!), there’s another, more significant reason why I like to use football as an analogy: Football is not only familiar to most people in our area of the country; it also runs a convenient parallel to how we try to organize and conduct our ministry at Valley View.

We’re Like Special Teams

That’s not to say we think we’re special, mind you. Actually, it’s quite the opposite…

In an article by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research asked over seven hundred former pastors why they left the ministry:

No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture of what’s expected.

Hundreds of former senior pastors say these were the crucial elements missing from the final churches they led before quitting the pastorate.

A recent study by LifeWay Research points to ways churches can encourage pastors to stay in the ministry, said Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Nashville-based research organization…

Robby McAlpine on secular bands, Abraham’s nephew, and being salt and light:

Is this a side of Lot that we should actually be encouraged by? In context, Peter’s focus is on God’s ability to save His people. So, we need to be careful not to build a theology out of Peter’s description of Lot, and miss the point of the passage… And I get this, I really do. I play in an assortment of bands, in a wide variety of venues (pubs, concert halls, outdoor festivals, etc.). There have been — and will be again — times when the spiritually negative vibe really wears you down. And you get tired of it and just wish you could play 24/7 in a worship band.

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