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Artist Evangelism

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 in Worship Ministry

Who is reaching out to artists?

What, if anything, are we supposed to be doing in our worship ministries to be reaching out the artists in our communities? In ages past, churches were hubs for the arts. The most creative music, the most creative artwork was done in and/or for the church. Now, for the most part, the arts are completely separated from the church.

Art is taught in schools, and displayed in galleries. Yet, the church – the organization that has the most reason to be creative of all other organizations has very little to do with art today. We know that we are made in the image of our creator, the creator that expressed amazing creativity in creating us and the world and universe around us. Today, most churches seem to be the most uncreative places in the world. In some cases, the only more uncreative place is the DMV. That sounds kind of harsh, but I feel strongly that the church should not only be creative, but has a responsibility to do so.

Not only does the church have the responsibility to be creative, but the church has the responsibility to reach out to creative people. Also, the church has the responsibility to reach out to culture in general, and  be a redeeming force not only for people, but also for the culture that lost people live in. Why? Because God not only created people, but he created the earth and all that is in it. How do we reach out to these people? How do we reach out to culture? I’m working on some ways to do this, and as I come up with ideas, I’ll start posting them here

Church Tech Talk

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 in Tech, Worship Ministry Catalyst

If you haven’t checked out the guys over at church tech talk you really need to. It’s a group of guys who do tech stuff in churches, and they talk about it in a podcast, as well as give you really cool free stuff. They’re very funny, and very informative. They have a very similar missions to ours, which is one reason why I love what they do.

I’d strongly recommend you listen to Episode # 77, and then every other one.

First podcast coming soon & other updates

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 in Worship Ministry Catalyst

If all goes according to Schedule, Kevin & I will be recording the first podcast episode on Monday. We’ve been working on the layout of that episode and we’re both really excited about getting this thing off the ground.

Also, I’ll be adding some more information about Kevin & I here in the next couple of days, you’ll be able to get to them through the about page.

One head, many hats

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

How many hats do you wear? I don’t know about you, but for me, there are many times when I feel like I wear way too many hats. So, I’m a worship Arts Pastor, which means I plan the music for the services, I prepare the band, I prepare the charts, I plan the creative elements, (not all of them, but many). Those are all things that sound like a usual worship pastor should be doing.

One thing I’m finding is that there’s no such thing as usual when it comes to being a worship pastor. There are many different varieties of worship pastors out there, all with many different responsibilities.

What hats do you wear?

Worship Ministry Catalyst

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 in Worship Ministry Catalyst

Worship Ministry Catalyst is a networking resource for worship leaders and worship team members, helping facilitate worship in the local church. We have big dreams for Worship Ministry Catalyst (WMC). We dream that this will be a place where worship leaders can come and find help in many different areas.

We’re worship leaders in our local churches, and we understand the constant pressure to lead our congregations in creative worship. Because of this, a part of this site will be dedicated to helping our fellow worship leaders come up with creative content for their churches. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation: you meet with your pastor about the coming weekend, and you leave knowing what the service is about, but you have no idea what to do creatively, and the burden rests solely on you? So, we thought it would be good to have a place where we could help one another out. We’ll be divulging more soon about how this process will work, but we want you to know the ideas are out there, and we can help each other out.

We certainly don’t think we have everything figured out. If you talk to us, you’ll find out that we have a lot to learn, but we want to share with you what we know and what we’re learning. One of the main ways we’ll be doing this is through a podcast. This will be coming very soon, so please keep checking into this site for more details.

We’re excited to be able to do something like this, and to get to know more worship leaders who are out there fighting the same battle we’re fighting and to find ways to support one another, and to be a catalyst for worship ministry in the local church!

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