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Posted on Feb 6, 2009 in Leadership, Worship Ministry Catalyst

I just found out today that Worship Ministry Catalyst got listed in an article in Leadership Journal about Helpful Worship Blogs.

Here’s a pic from the blog “Chris from CA” who also got listed. You can see we’re about 6th from the top.

Some of my other Blog friends are listed there as well:

If I can find a link to the article I’ll post it on the site, but I think it’s a subscription based service to be able to access that article. Thanks for listing us Leadership Journal.

Year End Review – Where I am & What I’m Learning

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 in Leadership

If you’ve been listening to the podcast, you know that I’ve been talking a lot about this Year End Review that I’ve been working on. I wanted to take some time to let you know where I am in the process and what I’m already learning.

I’ve started asking people the questions. I Started with my Worship Leadership Team. Since I have never done this before, (not at this church and not in this way) I wanted to give it a little test run to hear people’s responses to the idea of a Year End Review. I’m getting ready to do the review with everyone, at our “quarterly” fellowship.

What I have learned already is amazing. I’ve gotten some really great and genuine responses to the questions. One thing that I wasn’t expecting to see was the amount of ownership that a lot of people are taking in the Worship Arts Ministry. I didn’t think I would get any responses that would indicate this, but I certainly have.

One of the things I’m really excited about is the fact that a lot of the dreams that some of the people have expressed for the Worship Arts Minsitry at our church are a lot of the same ideas that I’ve had.

I sincerly hope you’ll consider doing a year end review. (No, I’m not making any money for pushing this.) You have to be willing to take a little heat. But, as you’ve heard me say before, that’s the only way any of us are going to grow. As Pastor Troy Grambling of Flamingo Road Church says, “it’s only a mistake if you don’t learn from it.” We have to be willing to see the areas we need to improve in and the areas we’ve made mistakes in over the past year, learn from them and fix them so we don’t repeat them in the future.

Worship songs every church should sing

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

I don’t know about you, but one of the biggest challenges I face being a worship leader is finding new music. Of course, if new was the only criterion there wouldn’t be any problem, but we have stylistic, theological, song quality, singability, and technichal ability criteria to work into the equation as well. I’ve done a lot of research to see how other worship leaders find new songs, and haven’t really found that much out there. It seems that, unless you have an unlimited amount of time and an unlimited iTunes giftcard, finding the best worship songs for our church is something that only the rich can afford.

So, I thought I’d share with you some of the new songs that people are really liking at our church. They might not always be brand new, but they’re new to us.

  • Revelation Song – Jennie Riddle. This is definitely at the top of our favorite new songs list. We did this song just this past weekend and it seems to have connect with people in a very powerful way. It has a lot of open space in the song, between and in the middle of phrases which some might like and some might not like, so far, I haven’t heard anyone who doesn’t like the song.
  • Beautiful the Blood – Steve Fee. This too is a great song. The phraseology of the title line is very creative in and of itself. It has a great, driving prechorus (channel to some of you) that builds you up quite a bit and then you find all the relief you need in the chorus. It also has a very strong ending.
  • Speak to Me – Tommy Walker. If you’re looking for a good song to help prepare people’s hearts right before the sermon, or if your doing a scripture reading, or talking about listening to the voice of God, etc. this is a great song for that. It’s got that great Tommy Walker feel to it, it’s especially great for piano driven worship, or churches looking for songs that are contemporary, but not too contemporary.

One question I’d like to pose to you is, How often to you introduce new worship songs? How often do you think is acceptable to introduce a new worship song?

I hope this helps you in your search for the worship songs that will help you and your congregation worship at the feet of our Savior!

More from “The Leadership challenge”

Posted on Jan 28, 2009 in Leadership

I’ve truly been enjoying just about every single word I’ve read from “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes & Posner. Today I came across a great line that I just had to share with you.

“Great leaders, like great companies and countries, create meaning not just money. The values and interests of freedom, self-actualization, learning, community, excellence, uniqueness, service, and social responsibility truly attract people to a common cause.”

Isn’t that great! It’s a great reminder to me that what I’m doing isn’t about trying to drive people towards success for the mere purposes of money. In fact that’s not the desire of most. Most desire to live lives that mean something.

That’s why we’re here.

“The Leadership Challenge” – a few quotes

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 in Leadership

I know you’ve heard me talk about this book before, but I’ve got to tell you, the more I read of it, the more I love it. I’m taking my time reading this book. It was highly recommened from several leaders that I have a ton of respect for, so I’m reading it much slower, highlighting a lot & rereading my highligted material.

I just read the section “Arousing Intrinsic Motivation” and there are some quotes I just had to share with you.

Leaders search for opportunities for people to exceed their previous levels of performance. They regularly set the bar higher

True leaders tap into people’s hearts and minds, not merely their hands and wallets.

The key to intrinsic motivation is getting involved in something that requires us to look at a situation in new ways.

It’s important that leaders have challenges, but it’s even more important that they know what it is that challenges others and what others are capable of performing.

I thought these words from Kouzes & Posner were fitting for us as worship leaders as we go through this week. Many of us will be pushing people a lot harder this week than we do any other week of the year. It’s important for all us to remember (myself definitely included) that we need to help the people we’re leading remember why we’re pushing hard this week. We need to keep the vision clear, out in front of them this entire week so that when they’re tired and running out of steam they have something bigger than their own abilities to keep them going.

It’s good to remember now, and all year round that we need to tap into people’s hearts and minds, know the poeple we’re working with and know how to challenge them in ways that will help them succeed as well as the church.

Free Resource

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

I found a free resource I wanted to pass along to you all today. This will be especially great for those of you who are wanting to help move your bands into the direction of learning more music theory &/or the Nashville Numbering system.

It’s called Discipline of the Groove.

He’s got a great, short explanation of why to use numbers. As well as some example song charts using numbers. He’s also got a few articles that go over Chords, Keys, Intervals & Scales.

I hope this helps you in your desire to improve worship in your church.

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