If you are a hard working, conscientious worship leader, you are always striving toward making your worship better; better for you, for your team, and of course, better for your congregation. Sometimes we just run out of new ideas and need a little push to get our creative motor running again. Here are 3 simple steps to get you moving in that direction. Continue reading “3 Simple Steps to Dramatically Improve Your Worship Service” »
Ministry burnout can be a real challenge to serving the Lord in the church. There are many reasons you may find yourself in this position. Once you have determined that you are dealing with burnout, then identifying and facing those reasons is important. Only by being honest with ourselves and dealing proactively with these issues can we begin the process of putting out the fire of burnout and relighting the blaze of healthy ministry.
In the last article I looked at identifying the problem of burnout. Now lets talk about the steps we need to take to move toward an exit from burnout and a reentry into the joy of ministry.
You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. The senior pastor invited me into his office during the tail end of a meeting. Immediately I became witness to a confrontation that I should have never seen. With brazen execution a parishioner pointed her finger at the pastor as she threatened to take her popular non-profit ministry and all the money raised somewhere else if the pastor did not give her what she wanted. Unbeknownst to me, I walked into a bully with my pastor as the victim. The scene was like the back room of a corporate company takeover. This prominent leader in the church clearly was leveraging her status and money to intimidate our pastor. Apparently, this leader’s spiritual good works allowed Machiavellian posturing. She got her way. But, people were hurt in the process. All of this happened unseen, as often is the case in spiritual bullying.
Anyone who has ever held a management position understands the challenges that come with managing employees. Managers are responsible for job skills development and holding employees accountable for completing job tasks. People in management positions, need to have an aptitude for dealing with the many diverse aspects of interacting with employees. A great manager cares about the employee on a personal level as well as the employee’s ability to accomplish key responsibilities. Continue reading “8 Qualities of a Great Church Manager” »
This week’s edition of Sharefaith Music Spotlight, we will be going out of the country and highlighting a band that calls Ireland home, Rend Collective. This band is a fairly young band that has only been around since 2010. Starting their music career under their former name, The Rend Collective Experiment, RC hails from Bangor, Ireland. They feature quite a unique style of music spanning many genres from folk, rock, and experimental, all with an Irish twist.
Stay in ministry long enough and it will happen to all of us at one time or another. The alarm goes off in the morning and instead of looking forward to going to church and leading worship, we have a sinking sense of “something is not right” in our gut. Maybe it is conflict, either among staff or worship team members, maybe it is the complaints of congregation members, or just that stale feeling that you just aren’t that into it any more. However it manifests itself into your worship leading life, burnout has arrived and is driving you away from ministry, and maybe even away from God. Continue reading “Feeling Pastor Burnout? Here’s How to Get Back on Track – Part 1 of 2” »
It only takes a click. Or a tap. It is so easy to grab the smart phone and go into another world. Unlike a book that requires your mind to fill in the blanks, sounds and sights bombard us with tragic news clips, acrobatic kittens, and amazing displays of human talent. While it is debatable as to how much this has improved the lives of modern people, one thing is certain. Spiritual growth requires more than a click. It requires a discipline and intentionality that our new media habits abhor. Whether shopping Amazon or surfing Facebook, immediate access to what we want is what we get. But, is all technology bad for our spiritual growth? What technology helps or hinders my spiritual growth? Continue reading “Is Your Tech Hindering Your Spiritual Growth?” »
In this week’s edition of Sharefaith Music Spotlight, we will be covering a more well-known artist, Phil Wickham, and his most recent album, Singalong Vol.3!
Artist: Phil Wickham
Album: Singalong Vol.3
Release Date: May 12, 2015 Continue reading “Sharefaith Music Spotlight: Phil Wickham Singalong Vol. 3” »
What will it take to declare the worship wars over? Sign whatever truce needs to be signed, agree to disagree, raise a white flag, choose an ending, but in my opinion it needs to stop. Now.
I came into church music ministry in the mid-nineties, just as the contemporary worship wave was moving among mainline denominational churches all across the South. Seeing the success of contemporary worship in other parts of the country, especially among the burgeoning non-denominational congregations, church after church rushed to be more “culturally relevant” and begin “reaching the nominally churched, unchurched, and the nonbelievers” with CCM, lights, stages, sermon illustrations using film clips, projected lyrics, and of course, coffee. This led to the inevitable boarder battles as lines were drawn between the traditionalists, preservationists, and the agents of change. Spiritual blood was spilt, congregations were divided, and some severe pruning was seen. Yes, there was occasionally growth, but at what cost? Continue reading “It’s Time to Stop Arguing and Lead Worship!” »
In an old classic movie from the 90s, the owner of an auto parts factory gives his dim-witted son a plush office job even though he just graduated from school—barely. The owner’s right-hand man does not approve. When he sees the son’s new office, he sarcastically quips: “You have a window. And why shouldn’t you? You’ve been here 10 minutes.” Although the movie had a happy ending, organizations that employ relatives or close friends often have disastrous results.This can be particularly difficult in the church when employing family members can seem to be a very natural thing to do. Family and friends of church leaders often seem a good choice for hiring because they love the church, understand the mission and we trust them.
Nepotism often works out well, but only if policies and procedures govern all employees, and there are no biases in how employees are treated.
Here are seven things to consider when hiring family or friends: