If you could get behind the curtain — so to speak — of one of the fastest growing churches in America, what would you see? What is the key to their success?
I personally love to study churches, to see what lies behind their success or lack of success. I have been a worship pastor and very passionate about worship for a couple of decades. I have led crowds of a few to crowds of thousands. But in the last couple of years, I have been making a transition from being a ”player” to being a “coach”. Eventually all of us should, at some level, make this transition. It’s God’s design. Look at any team: the coach may not be able to play as well as the players (sports, music, debate — any team), yet the coach is still crucial to the success or failure of the program. The coach sees things that the players never can. They are the ones that will lead the players to victory or defeat.
As a coach, I love seeing those who have “done well”; as a worship leader, I also love seeing worshippers who have done well. And, of course, I want to know why.
Recently, I was at a conference at one of the largest churches in America: Church of the Highlands, in Birmingham, AL. To be honest, I didn’t even want to be at the conference. Read the rest of this entry
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What are YOUR thoughts? Agree or disagree? Is there anything we can do about it…or are we stuck, because it’s what the audience expects?
What’s your thoughts — Does God care? Or is this just a selfish desire of our American Culture?
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I remember when the famous iPad was going to be released. It was the big topic with me and my Mac buddies. We couldn’t wait! Of course, none of us could afford it, but it was still fun to dream of the day when we could.
However, knowing I couldn’t really afford or justify the purchase, I bought it anyway (with my wife’s consent, of course). I knew I could always return it within 30 days, only paying the 10% re-stocking fee (it would be worth $50 to have it for a month, at least).
You’ve already guessed it: I never did return that machine. I’m typing this post with it now. I love it! And I must say, every worship leader should own one. However, since pastors always make more money than worship leaders, I suggest that they be the ones to bless their loyal side-kicks. WHY?
1. An iPad is so convenient. Not the best reason, I know, but it’s so handy on a Tuesday night practice, for example, to pull out the iPad to download a quick song for the band, or even watch a YouTube version of the same selection. It’s so convenient to have the Internet, your emailing files, YouTube, any song chart of your dreams…and about anything else to help you become a better worship leader at your fingertips.
2. An iPad is perfect for a Read the rest of this entry
First, I need to establish the meaning of a “bad worship set”. The super-spiritual (for lack of a better word) would say it doesn’t exists. And…they’re probably right. What seems “bad” to me may often be incredible to someone else. The vocals may be flat, the guitar may be out-of-tune, the drummer may need new heads — but that doesn’t mean that anyone in the crowd will even notice.
Here’s a few quick tips to remember following a “bad worship set”. Read the rest of this entry