In Sunday School, there is a difference between a good thing and a God thing. Good things are valuable, but God things are the lifeblood of our children’s ministries. The pitfall to avoid is mistaking a good thing for a God thing. So, how is your Children’s Ministry doing? Have you managed to identify these 6 Top Sunday School Pitfalls to Avoid? (more…)
Whether you are a pastor, worship leader, on the worship team or a volunteer, we all can suffer from church ministry burnout. If we are not careful, we can easily overwhelm ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Church ministry burnout not only affects us physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. When we let ourselves get to this point, we can lose sight of why we are serving in the first place. Here are some helpful tips on how you and your team can avoid church ministry burnout.
The simple way to describe the church history is that the Apostles founded churches all over. (Early Church Mission by Eckhard Schnabel is worth having. It tells about their early journeys.) Until 1054, there was institutional unity. That year the Eastern and Western church divided to form what we know now as the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Why? It’s complicated, but the Pope and use of icons were central. Then the protestors against Rome began. Called Protestants, the movement had a long shadow with John Wycliffe and Prague priest Jan Hus predating the chief reformer Martin Luther who nailed his 95 grievances of the Church in 1517. Unlike Hus and Wycliffe (whose bones were burned later), Luther survived and became the father of the Lutheran movement and the focal point that would be the Protestant Reformation. With this as a simple backdrop of the church history, here are several historical snapshots of the denominations which splintered from the historical foothold of 1517. (The importance and need for reweaving denominations is for another article).
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In my last article, I solicited the opinions of worship leaders of large and small congregations to find out the ways they thought time and money were being wasted. In this post, I was asked to write about what we, as sound techs do when the PA system fails in part or in whole. So guess what? I asked a group of my favorite techs to hear their sound tech best practices. Perhaps you’re doing some of these things already (aren’t you so smart?) and maybe you’re not (there’s always something we can learn). In any case, here are some very practical and helpful sound tech best practices we all can learn from. (more…)
Some of the most frustrating problems we encounter as vocalists or worship teams are issues with sound reinforcement. Not only do we get frustrated at not being able to hear ourselves properly by having the stage too loud overall, we often feel helpless. Most of us have very little working knowledge of how the entire audio/technical side works. To help vocalists with this, I gathered together a few great sound techs and put together a “how to” DVD for singers. The DVD was designed to teach singers how to understand and affect sound issue from OUR side of the mixing board to make things better without ever touching a dial or a switch. I wanted to help singers feel like there IS something they can do to help the sound in their venue. In this article, I will cover a few of the highlights on worship team setup.
I know it’s hard to admit, but you know and I know we could be spending our time and money in much better ways than we do. When asked to write on this subject I didn’t want to confess the ways in which I waste time and resources. No way! I would rather observe how others waste their time and report my findings to you. So I contacted a few of my closest worship leader friends to hear what they thought of the subject. Some of them you may know like Bob Kauflin (Author of Worship Matters), Benji Cowart (Award-winning Songwriter, Worship Pastor and Teacher), Ben Gowell (Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist for Paul Baloche and Worship Pastor), and Jonathan Lee (Award-winning songwriter and Worship Pastor). Others may be less familiar to you but they are dedicated guys whom I admire and respect and who serve in their local churches: Matt Kees, Jeff Harrison, JD Farina, Michael Sainz, Joe Mikey Papa and Randy McCoy. I thought I would share their insights to see if it strikes a chord in you. I know they did with me and have encouraged me to make changes in the way I utilize my time and resources not only in ministry, but also in life. (more…)
What is a revival? Growing up in the southern United States, I can remember revival meetings that lasted at least a week. Every night you’d attend church and hear a traveling minister preach powerfully the Word of God and invite attendees to receive the good news of Jesus for the first time, or to come forward and recommit your life to the ways of faith. It’s this reawakening (and the residual effects on society) that creates what historians interpret onto history as a period of revival. What sparks great American revivals? The short answer is the Holy Spirit. The more complicated answer includes cultural shifts, local and global events, and the willingness of individuals to embrace faithful leadership. Here are five great American revivals, citing the who, what, when, where and how. (more…)
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