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Worship and Tragedy

Just like everyone else, I woke up yesterday morning ready to jump into my day. Instead, people were pushed into trying to make sense of what happened in Las Vegas. The staggering numbers noting loss of life and injuries were almost too much to bear, and they just kept growing. That’s nothing compared to actually having to live out that tragedy. Most of us are back to normal life today, but the victims of this massacre won’t ever have the same “normal.” It seems like we’ve had an extra dose lately as well between the hurricanes and wildfires. Tragedy is everywhere, and nothing can stop it permanently until Christ returns. Then, as the Bible states in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” But until then, tragedy exists. How can worship help us to reconcile tragedy with a loving, caring God? And as a side note, I’m not talking about just worship music here. I’m talking about a life lived in a way that brings glory to God. Continue reading

Exclusive Worship

It happened again this morning. I was baited (alright, it was my decision) into reading another poorly thought out, badly researched article on worship music. Anyway, the comments section is what really got me. I was foolish enough to decide to read some of them, and they showed what I have been seeing more and more of in the past couple of years. Continue reading

Hipster Frames and Worship Music

Unfortunately, I had to switch back to eyeglasses recently. It appears that my eyeballs are no longer accepting of small pieces of plastic in them. So, I needed some new frames. Sarah and I went to pick some out, and I realized that I will (in 7-10 days), finally be in possession of my first pair of hipster frames! You know, they’re a little bit thicker around the rims, and some other stuff that apparently makes them more stylish and “in” (whatever that means). Either way, I got them because the salesperson and Sarah agreed that they made me look older and more sophisticated. Since I’m a 29-year-old man that got carded a while back for buying the movie “Tombstone” I went for the older look. But, I’m pretty sure that fashion statement will be dead soon. I’m probably about 3-5 years too late to call them “hipster” frames. It got me thinking a little about the style of music in the church and whether or not the churches have the same problem. Continue reading

How to Evaluate a Worship Service

Last week, I talked a little bit about the wrong ways to evaluate a worship service. This week, I am going to talk about a few of the ways that, when used correctly, will help to correctly evaluate a service. Some of these aren’t designed to be used by themselves or even all the time, but they’re definitely better ways to get a grip on what you’re doing right. Continue reading

How NOT to Evaluate a Worship Service

Any worship leader knows that evaluating a worship service is very difficult to do. First, it’s very hard to set a tangible goal of a worship service. An intangible goal is pretty much impossible to measure. Second, most evaluations of a worship service will be based on the evaluator’s preferences. This makes it difficult to get a solid evaluation on the service because people will often like or dislike it based on what they like or dislike. However, I’ve had a few suggestions on how to evaluate a worship service that will lead you to the wrong place almost every time. Again, these are often so difficult to put a finger on that often they will be inaccurate.  And, check it out next week when I’ll take a stab at some ways to evaluate a service correctly. Continue reading

Worship Myths

Last week, I wrote about busting some common myths about worship leaders. Those can be some pretty dangerous myths as they can erode confidence and trust in leadership, but I think there is a more dangerous set of myths out there. A myth about worship can easily cause bad theology, a lack of true worship in the local church, and fights about worship styles. Let’s take a look at some of these. Continue reading

Mythbusting Worship Leaders

I used to love the show “Mythbusters.” In fact, I had a couple of managers when I was in retail that used to look (and sound) exactly like Adam and Jamie, which was kind of cool. The premise is that they take a common old wives’ tale, misconception, or story, and try to prove that it can’t happen. Sometimes it was true, sometimes it wasn’t, and sometimes it was a weird in-between classification. I love hearing things about worship leaders because sometimes they are humorously true, sometimes they are wrong, and sometimes they are in that weird in-between class. So let’s look at some worship leading myths and see what comes out of it. And yes, I have a disclaimer. These aren’t always the results, just some common ones. And, by the way, I’ve heard every one of these personally. Continue reading

5 Tools Every Church Needs to Give Their Worship Pastor

Many times, decline in churches can definitely be attributed to a poorly done worship service. The reality is that these worship services could be done very well, but often the worship service is a poor one because the worship pastor is not given the tools they need to succeed. Too many churches would rather have congregational preferences take these tools away or limit them. This often leads to a “by-committee” design of a worship service. At the end of the day, God has called a person to run a worship service. That person trains tirelessly, reads about worship, studies worship, and puts a vast amount of time into planning. That person needs to be able to lead, and being at a worship service that is planned by an untrained committee is a bit like watching me try to use chopsticks (messy, awkward, and likely to end with food on my clothes). So what tools does a church need to give a worship pastor need to succeed? I’d also like to note, while I’m on the subject, that I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of a church that stocks my toolbelt. In fact, they stock it well enough that sometimes I feel like I can’t possibly use all the tools at my disposal. I love churches that set their people up for success! Continue reading

Picking the Right Songs for a Church

What is a curator? A curator is generally an overseer who is responsible for, among other things managing content and selection in their organization. As worship pastors, we must be excellent at curating our songs constantly. Often, we notice that songs have “slipped through the cracks”  and we are left wondering how in the world that particular song made it into our catalog. That’s something that a good curator fixes. So how do we decide what songs make it into the catalog of our churches? I would say that there are four tests a song must pass to make it into any given worship service. Continue reading

5 Things Worship Pastors Need to Always be Doing

A few weeks ago, I published an article entitled “Things Worship Pastors Need to Stop Doing.” It got a huge response, which was awesome, but I also wanted to take a look from the other side of the spectrum. What are some things that worship pastors need to always be doing? This list is definitely not exhaustive, but in my opinion it is what separates a worship pastor from a musician, a leader, or an administrator. An effective worship pastor must always be doing all of these things. Keep in mind, none of us can do all of these things equally well. None of us have reached the top in any area, let alone all of them. The important thing is that we never stop trying to get better in these categories.
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