Worship is more than singing songs of praise. It is the primary ingredient to prayer. Although it’s popular to make a distinction between a “prayer of worship” and a prayer of petition, a prayer of intercession, or a prayer of confession, I would venture to say to say that all categories of prayer are constrained to worship.
Prayer is humble communication to God, and to be in the presence of God is to be aware of His holiness, which leads to worship. There is no one like Him. He is completely “other”. Acknowledging God’s holiness through worship is essential to each category of prayer. Let’s discuss the relationship in each classification: Continue reading “Why Prayer Goes Hand-in-Hand With Worship” »
There are many creative ways to solve business problems. One quality tool that is commonly used is called the “5 Whys”. This is an exercise that involves asking the question “why?” five times to help you quickly drill down to the root cause of a problem. It is tempting to jump to the first conclusion that comes to mind when trying to solve a problem, so it is important to make sure that what is thought to be the root of the problem truly is. Ok, let’s look at this problem and ask the question why 5 times. Continue reading “Solving Church Issues? Don’t Always Trust Your Gut – Ask Why 5x” »
“When was the last time you did something that was a little bit risky? I don’t mean ‘use the bathrooms at the local fast-food taco place’ risky; I mean something truly risky.”
So begins Kyle Idleman’s forward to the book Risky Gospel. In the book, author Owen Strachan puts forth a challenge that makes advances on the taco joint bathroom stall seem as tame as walking across your living room to pick up the remote control. As Strachan pries back the selfish armor of our hearts, we find ourselves realizing that “we play it safe, keep things calm…and stay stuck.” And that’s not at all a good way to live. Continue reading “Building Something Awesome: Interview with Owen Strachan, author of Risky Gospel” »
Jon Thurlow is a worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Recently, after the release of his album, Stand In Awe, we had a conversation with Jon to hear his story, and learn how God has worked in his life. Our conversation was both challenging and encouraging as we discovered the cure to a musician’s writer’s block, the source of energy that fuels a passion for worship, and the power that prayer can make. Whether you’re a worship leader, pastor, volunteer, or just vaguely connected with faith and worship, we know you’ll find this to be a compelling and God-focusing interview.
A while back I wrote an article about wireless vs. wired microphones, and more recently I wrote a piece on various handheld mics used for vocalists. Now it’s time to dive into mics designed for speakers. If you’re a pastor or someone who is speaking on the platform every week, this is one you don’t want to miss.
When it comes to mic’ing up a pastor or other speakers, you have three basic microphone options: handheld, lapel, or headset. I use all three and switch between them depending on the venue, event, or if the speaker has a personal preference. I’ll go through each of them individually and list their pros and cons. Continue reading “Pastor Mics – Lapel, Wireless, and Headset Microphones” »
One of the hard parts of pastoring is that it’s tough to tell how we’re doing in the work. The primary metrics of “success” in the pastorate are often fuzzy and sometimes completely indecipherable. On top of that, the work is never really finished until we’re in glory. So much of Christian development is three-steps forward and two-steps-back. Pastors sometimes wonder if they’re doing any good at all. What seems so clear in our Sunday sermon outline smudges and smears in the daily war with the world, the flesh, and the devil. So when the enemy whispers in our ears that we are missing the mark because our churches aren’t perfect, it’s hard for us to tell whether or not he’s got a point. Continue reading “Self Evaluation of a Pastor – How Am I Doing?” »
We’ve got a brand new Christmas mini movie in beautiful HD, for your downloading pleasure. This Christmas, in all the hustle and bustle of gift buying and giving, don’t forget (please excuse the phrase) the ‘reason for the season’. The most important gift of all is the gift of Jesus the Messiah! Christ is the only reason for Christmas! We can get so busy “serving” God, even in religious activities, that we forget the God we serve. Keep Christ in Christmas!
Since 1999, something extremely powerful has been happening in a building in Kansas City, Missouri. Every year, every month, every week, every day, every hour, and every minute, people have been praying. Located in the International House of Prayer’s prayer room, anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred worshippers are gathered to pray, meditate, and worship. Continue reading “In Worship and Prayer 24/7 – International House of Prayer” »
I am guessing by your interest in this topic that you already have a website. So I don’t need to tell you how a web presence for your church and various ministries, in this day and age, is essential. Your site is the preliminary welcoming committee, the doctrinal statement, a bridge to the church community, a bank of resources, etc. Now that you have a web presence, it is imperative that it is also actively engaging and goes beyond just another medium for reading and viewing images. It must be interactive. Continue reading “7 Awesome Ways to Make Your Website Interactive” »
According to the research one of the main causes of pastoral burnout is relational isolation. That is, pastors tend not to have deep enough friendships to really share their struggles, vent, or just relax. About 70 percent of the pastors polled in a large survey said they had not one close friend. Continue reading “Your Pastor Needs Friends Too – Conquer Pastor Isolation” »