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
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
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
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.
At the end of this year, I started thinking about when I first got started in ministry. It’s funny, they never tell you quite what to expect. I think it’s partly because you’ll never understand until you’re in the thick of it. So, I took a look back at 2007 Chris and thought about the advice I would have given myself. Continue reading