Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

As usual, I found some great links this week that I wanted to share with you.

Jordan Betts: If we were to take leading worship on a Sunday as an example, what would be on your mind? How it sounds? How we come across? How pleased the church leader is or how the congregation engages? Or even, how hot that person looks in the front row? These are all things that distract us from God when we worship, in our lives, jobs, thoughts, actions and corporately.

Josh Wagner: You should learn these in all keys as well. Or, at least in the common keys you play in (which is probably dependent on your singers’ ranges). Doing this means that you won’t have to think about it if you change keys on the fly or they add a new chorus in at the last moment.

Tricia Oaks: Is there a childlike virtue in learning something new? I’m talking both physically/intellectually, like learning how to knit or finally learning all the elements in the periodic table. And I’m also talking spiritually, like learning that something is a sin and repenting or starting to tithe. Should we be looking for this “novelty” in our lives?

Nathan Crawford: Worship Leader…Worship Pastor….Lead Vocalist – They’re not the same thing.

David Bunce: Personally, I am no stranger to anxiety and anguish. I have suffered from depression for many, many years. In my own exchanges with God I sound more like the psalmists. “Where are you God? I can’t go on like this. I’m holding on to you as tight as I can but I feel like I’m trying to hold onto the wind.” The beauty of corporate worship is that it lifts my gaze towards the truth and the hope that I know is there despite my experience.

Mohan Karulkar: At some point during the last few weeks, all that has changed. He is a singing machine, repeating everything he’s heard and making up his own funny tunes to boot. It was like there was an entire choir bottled up inside him, waiting for a way out to appear.

Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

As I usually do, I found some great links this week that I wanted to share with you.

Michael Gungor: “This kind of doubt is not some postmodern, hipster trendy sort of “doubt.”  It is a very real and painful loss of the ground beneath your feet.  This can be a very depressing and horrifying experience for people.  Some of you know what I’m talking about, and it’s you that I’m writing this blog to.”

Jon Bloom: “The most wonderful thing in this story of Thomas is that Jesus came to him. But he did not come right away. Jesus let Thomas wrestle with his unbelief first. It exposed weaknesses in Thomas’s faith. It made him think hard about what he believed and why.”

Lauren Clemons: “How often do you see a performance of a popular, hit song and the people in the band and the lead vocalist look totally disinterested in what they’re singing? Hardly ever. They make it look like they’re having more fun than anyone else. And yet, if you go in most churches on Sunday morning (or campus meetings even), it’s like pulling teeth to try to make people excited about worshipping Jesus.”

Stephen Miller: “Even if you’re in a church that has very little production, you’ve got to hand it to these guys. They are often volunteers who work full time jobs and then come up to the church to work through all the extra ideas that we crazy artist types impose upon them. No matter how hard the musicians work, these guys have the power to ruin everything if they wanted to. At the drop of a hat they could cause that kind of ‘scream at the top of your lungs and smash a mirror’ feedback that every worship leader has nightmares over.”

Brady Boyd: “The job doesn’t pan out. The house doesn’t sell. The marriage doesn’t last. The runaway doesn’t return. The investment doesn’t yield viable returns. Circumstances scatter our dreams and wreck our plans. Or so it seems, anyway. We simply cannot see what God sees. We cannot know what he alone knows.

Bob Johnson: “Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family. The emergency hospital trips and the frantic calls from a heartbroken spouse never come when you are sitting at home, caught up on your to-do list, bored stiff, and hoping for a crisis to break the monotony. For most of us, our bodies may be home, but our full attention is slow to arrive.”

Weekend Links

Today I wonder how the disciples felt on that day between Good Friday and the day of Christ’s resurrection. Hopelessness, despair maybe. But not us. We live in hope.

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: I’m praying for you! I pray that God will use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family, especially on the day that should be our greatest celebration of the year!

Once again, I found some great links this week that I wanted to share with you.

Mike Kim: “Someone told me this really big lie in youth group:  ‘Mike, if you want to be a good pastor, you can’t have a good family. If you want to have a good family, you can’t be a good pastor.’ I’m sure this person meant well but that statement is just wrong.”

Jamie Harvill: “A worship leader in the 21st Century is much more than a lead singer, or a choir director working out of a well-worn hymnal. When I started leading worship in the late seventies, we were on the cusp of a worship revolution that would take the church by storm…” Part 1 here and part 2 here. Great thoughts from Jamie.

Chris Nye: “Our unity was and continues to be the richest blessing of my current job. And I realized something during that first year and a half: we rarely, if ever, prayed for unity.”

Tom Inglis: “The time you spend with God is directly related to the time He will spend with you. When you delight in God’s Word, you will always get to the right place at the right time and do the right things with the right people. Nothing secures your destiny in God more than delighting in God’s Word with thanksgiving, praise, and worship on your lips.”

Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: I’m praying for you! I pray that God will use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

I ran across some great links this week that I wanted to share with you.

Tricia Oaks: “Trust God. And when you run out of trust, just obey.

Jon Acuff: “Why didn’t he stop? Why didn’t he quit right then and not become a dentist? The same reason you and I end up in places we never intended to be. With a thousand small steps.”

Wisdom Moon (regarding the King of the Sing-Along): “Is it jealousy? Envy? Anger? Rage? Discouragement? Criticism?

Copyright Solver (also regarding the King of the Sing-Along): “There’s been a really robust and healthy dialog about the question of worship songwriters/artists making that kind of money, and there have been some pretty critical comments.”

Kristen Gilles: “But maybe, just maybe they really want to sing but are struggling because they don’t want to lie and sing something that is literally, even if momentarily, untrue.”

Finally, and I don’t even remember how I found this one, Greg Brewton on a controversy that probably isn’t nearly as modern as we all thought.

Weekend Links

Worship leaders, worship team members, pastors, and everyone serving in churches this weekend, please know that I’m praying for you. May God’s glory be magnified through your service!

I’ve been enjoying Vivien Hibbert’s blog Heart Of Worship for a few weeks now. She has a huge heart for seeing God glorified and she regularly shares scriptures and other resources designed to help people enter into His presence.

Some of the folks who read this blog, link here, and submit suggestions for links might be interested to know that Experiencing Worship is looking for contributors. I know there’s a lot of talent, insight, and wisdom in the people who read this blog. I wonder if  I should apply…

Rich Kirkpatrick recently wrote about The Streisand Effect and what church communicators can learn about it. Spoiler alert: you can’t control information.

Prolific worship blogger David Santistevan says you’re not the best, and explains why that’s okay. Worship leaders, take note!

I’m really looking forward to next week. We have some more great interviews to publish, and I can’t wait to see what else God has planned.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. And remember: you can sign up for email updates whenever this site is updated by filling out the form over on the right hand side of the page.

Weekend Links

In the wake of yesterday’s tragedy (which I won’t be linking to out of respect for the grieving families), we need to be especially sensitive as lead this weekend. As tragic as yesterday’s news was, it’s another reminder of the brokenness of the world in which we live. We are broken people, leading other broken people. I’m praying for you worship leaders, pastors, and other ministry workers out there as you work through what sure to be a tough time.

Jamie Brown, a worship leader in Falls Church, Virginia, offers up some very practical tips for this weekend’s services. And as he points out, it’s not too late to make changes if you need to. He also lists some songs that are appropriate for the time and the circumstances.

Similarly, LeeDell Stickler at Ministry Matters provides some suggestions specifically on helping children deal with an event like this.

Finally, worshiptogether.com offers a free song for download, and it’s an appropriate one for this week: “Build Your Kingdom Here,” a great song by Rend Collective Experiment. Lord, if ever we need You to build Your Kingdom here, it’s now. Come quickly.

Weekend Links

For all you worship leaders, musicians, pastors, and ministry leaders serving the church tomorrow, please know I’m praying for you!

Scott McLellan asks you to consider “sunsetting” some of your ministries or efforts this coming year:

I think now, even in the midst of your Christmas preparations, is a good time to think about sunsetting in your church, ministry, or organization. 2012 is coming to an end, and there could be some aspects of your operations that simply do not need to carry over into 2013.

Worship Tips, via their Twitter feed, reminds us that:

Our goal should be that people say: “God is good” NOT “worship was good” or, “the worship leader was good”.

Chris Vacher offers some tips on how to avoid Worship Band Breakups:

Ever been a participant in a band breakup? The only thing worse than the impact of a band breakup might be what happens in a worship band breakup.

Here you can read some Advent thoughts from Elizabeth Scalia.

Lastly, before you take the stage this Sunday, be sure to read these practical tips on microphone technique from the Worship Community.