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.

Luke McElroy explains why Broadway producers have an easier job than people who plan church services:

A group of highly creative and technical people invest a few years putting together a single three-hour program that repeats every single day (sometimes multiple times a day) for years. Take the show Cats, for example. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber began writing Cats in 1977. It first premiered on Broadway in 1981, after four years of planning, and it ran on Broadway for 18 years. During its lifetime, the total number of performances on Broadway nearly hit 7,500 shows before its final farewell… You and I get five days…

When I encourage you to support your pastor, this isn’t what I mean (I hope this isn’t real):

A pastor in Tanzania reportedly preaches while standing on top of his church members because his feet must not touch the ground during sermon…

Erik Raymond explains why you don’t need to apologize for being an ordinary church:

Let’s think together about church, and in particular the church where you are a member. If it is like most churches today it is not very large (probably less than 200 people). You may be tempted to think that your church in its modest size is rather insignificant. When I talk to people about their churches I almost sense a little embarrassment about the size and perceived scope of their church. Apologetic words like small and ordinary come out. I would argue that these words are not bad at all—and perhaps even quite accurate—but it is the sentiment behind them that is concerning, especially in light of what the church is and does.

Mike at FaithEngineer has an interesting breakdown of how much church software can cost:

Almost every week, I receive an announcement about a new service or software offering for churches. It’s exciting, because we now have so many resources to choose from. As churches, we now have the ability to provide tools for our congregations that take full advantage of the internet. Companies are providing online Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that help churches track, train, and communicate with their attenders. I think it is great, but I also see a problem developing for small and mid-size churches. With each new service and category of software, we see the overall cost increase to a point that is beyond our reach.

Chuck Lawless lists ten things your pastor is probably thinking while he’s preaching (and you might be thinking while you’re leading worship):

I’ve preached most Sundays since April of 1981. You’d assume by now that I could simply focus on nothing but the Word when I’m preaching, but I still think about other things at the same time. Here are some of those things that I – and, I suspect, many other pastors – think about…

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