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3 Phrases that Kill Progress

I occasionally use phrases like these that I definitely shouldn’t. In fact, I can remember using at least one of these in the past week. What phrases do we use in the church that put the brakes on progress? 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

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

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

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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Things Worship Pastors Need to Stop Doing

Christians are held to a higher standard. As church leaders, we should not only hold ourselves to that standard, but to one that is even higher. Because of this, I believe there are plenty of things that worship pastors need to stop doing immediately. Recently, I’ve seen plenty of things that helped me narrow it down to my top three. Continue reading

What Can Parenting Teach Us About Church Leadership?

Sometimes kids can be tricky. Sometimes, the church can be tricky. If you’re a church leader and a parent, you can definitely relate to what parenting can teach you about leading in the church. Continue reading

Leadership: Innovators and Copiers

The inventors and innovators of the world are some pretty incredible people. Where would we be without the automobile, indoor plumbing, cell phones, and the other amazing inventions out there. I’m typing this on a Mac. Where would I be without a Mac? I don’t even want to think about it. All of these inventions came from an innovator. But then, we have to see the flip side of the coin. This is the copier. The copiers simply wait for an innovator to come up with an idea, then they use it. Leaders have to be innovators. They cannot, and I truly mean cannot, be copiers. They must be innovators. Let’s take a look at some of the differences. Continue reading

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