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Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mission, self, God's glory, worship, idolatry, prestige, professionalism, missional effectiveness, pastors, leaders, agenda, religious, megachurch
Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and obviously. The ease with which we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pride, powerful worship, God, humility, C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, speak to your heart, yourself
I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship: "When pride walks in, I walk out." I remember God speaking in His still, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, standards, smoker, cigarettes, drummer, church, awkward, grace, discipleship, alcohol, born again Christians, dress code, church member, drug problem, homosexual, jokes, ...
I was in shock the moment I saw it. There in the spotlight—a pack of cigarettes protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer. I wasn't leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Chris Vacher, Canada, worship, leader, assumption, crowd, ready, Psalm 121, hate, engaged, sweet presence, Jesus, danger
Worship leaders, in general, are artists. Artists, in general, tend to be emotionally invested in their own situation. Emotional investment, in general, results in assumptions, which have varying degrees ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer meeting, Cross Church, Sunday morning, spiritual awakening, Jonathan Edwards, revival, personal conviction, Great Commission, worship, word-based
On Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, I led our entire Cross Church Family in a prayer meeting. I believed it was time to issue a call to the Cross Church Family for spiritual revival in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Schultz, Children's Ministry Magazine, worship, singing, Sunday, service, microphones, spectator set-up, professionalism
Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren't singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, dysfunctional, church, symptoms, theological errors, eschatology, denials, pastor eater, severe conflict, community, worship, attendance, decline
If you want to hear about really sick churches, then stick with me on this post. If you are tired about many of us writing about the sordid state of congregations, I understand. Skip this article and I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Church, parking lot, ministry, entrance, visible, landscaping, poorly tended, parking, guest parking, greeters, badges, traffic flow, worshipers, walk, shuttle, welcome center, security, prayer
I know the topic of church parking lots is not attention grabbing. In fact, I almost did not write this post—except that I continue to see too many churches miss an opportunity for ministry that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Pastor, Brandon Cox, money, apostle Paul, finances, churches, gift, manage, worship, need, generosity, justice, tyranny, missions
As a pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: off-pitch, housewives, worship, skinny-jeaned hipsters, singing, leader, struggle, affirmation, microphones, ministry, music
... it. If, in my little church, I had at any given time two or three OPHs demanding to be on the praise team, he must have 200-300. He candidly told me they started having auditions to help relieve the OPH ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Stephen Miller, worship, corporate, new songs, rules, picky, congregations, teach, lyrics, spiritual
Imagine yourself standing in an ornate church building as beautiful music washes over you from the platform. As gorgeous as the songs are, you notice that no one is singing along. It's not because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, worship, people, pleasing, God, service, church, contemporary, free-flowing, prayer, devotion, leaders, pressures, careers, family, ministry
Every church, whether traditional, formal, contemporary or free-flowing, should meet for one reason: to worship God. After all, it is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever according ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Dwayne Moore, worship team, ministry, musicians, mentors, numerically, spiritually, megachurch, small church, vision, values, philosophy, influencers, development, process
Below is a step-by-step plan to help your worship team members flourish in three fundamental areas—as worshipers, musicians and mentors. This approach can change the culture of your worship ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Creativity, church, community, teach, lead, worship, pastors, inviting space, opportunities, wiggle room, linear thinkers, voice, artists, contributions, expectations
In recent decades, churches haven't been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Bobby Gilles, worship, song, singability, melodic range, intervals, space, symmetry, right key, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Chris Tomlin
Most worship leaders agree that songs for congregational worship should be "singable," a made-up word that means "easy for a congregation to sing together." But it is tempting for many of us to subtly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: The Ramp, Karen Wheaton, teens, youth ministry, generation, awakens, equips, evangelize, local, worship
Youth Ministry After more than 20 years in full-time ministry, worship leader and minister Karen Wheaton returned to her hometown of Hamilton, Ala., and was struck by the immense apathy she witnessed in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Teen Mania, Ron Luce, youth ministry, Acquire the Fire, Extreme Camps, Global Expeditions, school of worship, Center for Creative Media, teenagers, Dallas
Youth Ministry Since 1986, Teen Mania Ministries has been challenging young people to live for something greater than themselves. The organization's commitment to see teenagers fully engage in the purposes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Equipment
Tags: Thom Rainer, worship center, seating, churches, pews, chairs, stackable, mobile, theater seats, capacity, flexibility
One of the larger expenses of many churches, and often an area of contention, is the type of seating in the worship center. I have been amazed to hear stories of intense church arguments over seating in ... [ +++ ]
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