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The Worship Leader’s Ultimate Resource

I’ve spent the past few years trying to find the best tools for worship leaders: the best software…best guitars…best books…best resources…best conferences – but as the year winds down and I prepare for a focus on 2015 I have become convinced of one thing: This is something that, admittedly, I miss way too often.  I…

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The Offering: “Making It Count”

If I’m a guessing man – Id wager that most of us place the offering at the end of the service. If I’m also guessing properly…then I’d guess that most congregants end up reacting to our treatment of the offering much like Pavlov’s dog – a very conditioned response: …hear/see offering …prepare to leave. This…

We think the finished product turned out pretty good on a small budget.

Paper Plate Stage Backdrop

  Want a stage design idea that is quick and easy and, not to mention, very cheap to accomplish?  Here’s a recent stage design we used for our “EPIC” series at New Hope Church.  The series surrounded epic movies – so we needed some “movie”-esque pieces for our stage design.  Using some paper plates, styrofoam…

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The New Version Of Christian Bumper Stickers

Fair warning – rant forthcoming: There was a time when bumper stickers with “Christian” slogans were all the rage.  So were t-shirts for that matter.  The problem with t-shirts or bumper stickers or the “Christian fish”…they were completely in-effective when the owner of said shirt or car showed that they were living the Romans 3:23…

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To Speak…Or Not To Speak?

  Do you find yourself talking too much as a worship leader?  Perhaps you’ve been challenged to talk a little more during transitions?  We’ve discovered that most worship leaders fall into one of two categories: 1.  They either talk too much… 2.  …or they don’t talk at all. So where is the line of division?…

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Getting Scripted

This is post #3 of 3 in the series “Talking As A Leader” We sing and play instruments – and from time to time speak. How much or how little is the question. When faced with the decision of “what do I say in worship service”, I often encourage worship leaders on our teams and…

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Finding The Sacred Cows In Worship

When my wife and I were married, we bought a simple matching wedding band set.  We had a simple wedding at a friend’s house – who happened to be a local judge.  We realized that we had family from all over that would have liked to have been there – but didn’t know if they…

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Don’t fret over a “bad” worship service

If you are like me just a few short years ago – you tend to think too much about what went wrong in a service. Chances are you may have a “horrible service” because a note was missed, a wrong line sung in a lyric, your team missed the double chorus, or a number of…