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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

Avoiding Quicksand in Ministry

I ran across a meme the other day that joked about how the poster assumed that, based on their childhood movies, quicksand would be a much bigger problem in their adult life. Seriously though, that stuff was everywhere in 80’s and 90’s movies. In churches, we have plenty of our own “quicksand” areas. These are areas in which people just seem to be moving forward only to drop off and completely disappear. This happens often in our generational ministries. Kids drop off in between kids’ and student ministries, between student ministry and college ministry, and between college ministry and young adult ministry. So how do we successfully guide people across these “quicksand” areas? Continue reading

Investing in the Next Generation

One of the most important things that we teach student leaders, kids’ leaders, and anyone that is involved at all with any younger generations is that they need to invest. Investing is a term that imparts the idea of giving something with the expectation of being able to use that investment in the future. So how do we get and use that investment? Continue reading

Common Core, Cursive, Harriet Tubman, and Church

Common Core. Harriet Tubman on money. Cursive handwriting in schools. I keep seeing all kinds of these things pop up on Facebook feeds, Twitter feeds, news articles, and more. What in the world does all of this have to do with church? Continue reading

Stuff Kids’ Leaders Say

One of the most awesome things about KidMin leaders is that they can, on the fly, construct sentences that no one should ever have to construct. If you get the privilege of working with kids in any role (teacher, pastor, leader, parent, etc.), you know that they can make you say some crazy stuff. Well, I got a text today from a KidMin leader that I’ve worked with for a number of years who is a teacher, and she sent me great one. I had a blog all ready to go for today, but just thought that maybe people out there would like a glimpse into some things that actually get said in kids’ ministries and schools all over the country. Yup, these are actually from my personal stash of “weird things that got said” and is added to from time to time by my leaders. Got any you want to add? Continue reading

Things Christians Probably Shouldn’t Say

I’ve used some pretty obnoxious phrases in my life, and so I believe (more than most) that Christians have got to watch the phrases that they use. Below, I’ve listed a few weird “Christian” phrases that we need to at least dial back on significantly. I’ve used them. You’ve probably used them. Let’s all agree that we should probably think a whole lot harder about our reasoning and our audience the next time we want to say one of these. 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

3 Keys to Taking Care of Yourself

Easter is right around the corner. Church leaders around the country are stressed out. They’re working too much and neglecting taking care of themselves. This is definitely a year-round problem, but “high-stress holidays” in the church (Easter, Christmas, back-to-school, etc.) tend to bring these problems to the surface. Not to mention that we know the opportunities we have this Sunday that we only get once a year, and we want to take full advantage of them. That puts us under even more stress and even spiritual warfare. Church leaders, take care of yourself this week. Then, put that into practice year-round. Continue reading

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