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.

Jed Smith has some advice for taking your musicians to the next level:

In order to talk to you about this, I need to let you in on a little secret. I love chord charts more than most people, but the chord chart of a song tells you the chord progression of a song. It doesn’t tell you what to play.

Think about how your band is plays a worship song. If your worship team is playing the chords that are on the chart, then it’s time to graduate to the next level.

Here’s what I mean by “next level.”

Chris Surratt explains why singing in your small group is maybe not such an awesome idea:

When my wife and I started our first small group, there was an expectation at our church for groups to have an element of singing together for worship. I was a musician and a worship leader at that time, so each week I would pick out two or three songs and lead them with an acoustic guitar. I would also print out the lyrics so everyone could have something to stare at instead of the person across from them in the circle. If you think men aren’t singing during your Sunday morning worship, try forcing them to sing in a small group of twelve people…

Paul Wilkinson wonders why people so often make ministry work such a low priority:

It was 1989. The big city Christian bookstore closed at 6:00 PM on Saturday nights. At 5:30 he walked in and we got into a conversation where he let it be known that his reason for shopping was that he needed to buy an accompaniment tape as he was booked to be the “special music” at church the following morning. He wanted to listen to a few songs and “get some ideas.”

This wasn’t a small country church. This was a church that would have about 1,500 people in each of two services. The next day.

He had left it to the very last minute.

I was reminded of this on Thursday when something similar happened…

Check out this short post by Mark Martin about worshiping without vocals:

Just wanted to plant a little thought in your mind for this Sunday, for you pianists.

The piano is an awesome instrument from which to worship God without words.

I think you’ll enjoy this profile of Brendan Prout – worship leader, songwriter, stormtrooper:

Prout’s known for his rock-and-roll chapel services at Comic-Con. “I’ve been performing there every Sunday morning for the past ten years,” he says. “Last year, I performed with Kyle Hildebrand from Walking Water, and for many years have performed with Sam Hornedo from Winterhawk.”

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