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How to Audition Church Members for your Worship Team

So you want to grow your worship team…

 

You are trying to determine the best way to audition prospective worship team members and to come up with a successful format. Should they come prepared with a song they choose, or will you choose one for them? Will the entire band be included in the audition, or should each audition be done solo – or maybe something in-between? In a previous article I discussed the qualifications for team members (Selecting Members for Your Worship Team) but this discussion will center more on practical tips for conducting auditions. Continue reading “How to Audition Church Members for your Worship Team” »


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Are You Getting Distracted Away From “Mission Critical” Tasks?

The Lord knew when good things were eclipsing the crucial things in his ministry. In Mark 1:35-39 we find Jesus and the disciples involved in a thriving healing ministry. Yet the he rises early in the morning, tiptoes out over the slumbering forms of his friends (they lived in a small home in Capernaum) and finds a “desolate place” to pray. That prayer time changed the course of their immediate ministry. When Peter and the others find him as the sun crests the Golan Heights, they expect the Lord to come back to the house to continue the healings he had been doing late into the previous evening. But after prayer, Jesus, with clarified vision says, “No, we are going into the villages to preach. That’s what I came for.” He understood the difference between good things, and mission critical things.

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When a Church Might Have a Saturday Evening Service

“We were there every time the doors opened — Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night.” So goes the conventional every-time-the-doors-opened saying of many a churchgoing family. But in some churches today, if you were there every time the doors opened, you wouldn’t be doing much but going in and out of doors.

Many churches have a wide variety of programs, meetings, groups, and activities. Every day of the week, and sometimes every hour of the day, is filled with some type of thing going on.

Some churches have chosen to hold a service on Saturday evening. Traditionally, Saturday evenings were times when the church was closed up and quiet. Why would a church have a Saturday evening service? Should your church do the same?

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How to Have Multiple Users on Your Sharefaith Website

Too often do churches have only one individual who updates and manages their entire church website. This creates major stress for that individual to not only keep the website updated regularly, but usually, they’re required create all of the content as well! Having only one member hold this responsibility is also dangerous because, heaven forbid, what if something happens to that individual? Will your church know how to keep the site updated and maintained, or even know the log in credentials? A church website is increasingly becoming one of the most important tools a church can have for communicating with their congregation, so having multiple users who can update and maintain your website is vitally important. Here’s a quick tip on how to add additional users to your church website: Continue reading “How to Have Multiple Users on Your Sharefaith Website” »


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How to Create A System For Coaching And Developing Worship Leaders

 

If I showed up at your church and asked, “I feel called to lead worship. Can you help me?”

 

What would you say? Would you have a process in place to help me? If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know we are all about discipleship. But discipleship can be difficult if you don’t know how to disciple. What are the specific areas a young worship leader needs to work on?

Here’s the exciting part: there may be called, gifted potential waiting to happen in your congregation. Without a process – a system of leading people – tremendous possibility could be overlooked. People don’t grow unless they’re given specific feedback on their performance. You must communicate your values and expectations.

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How to encourage your pastor and their family

The opposite of the word encourage is discourage, so it isn’t hard to make the connection that failing to encourage can leave a pastor and their family demoralized and disheartened. We may love our pastor and may be grateful for the work they do, but we often make the mistake of assuming they know this. Maybe it’s time for a shift in our thinking. Here are some practical ways to encourage your pastor and their family.
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Liturgy – The Escape from Theatrical Worship

This month marks the beginning of Lent, which brings up the subject of liturgy. “Liturgy” is a dirty word to some people. They equate it with dead religion, rank liberalism, dry-as-dust theology, and something to steer clear from. Among avowed evangelicals, “liturgy” is somehow inseparable from “Catholicism,” and “hoc est corpus,” which is to say, it’s just about anathema. Somewhere amidst the anachronisms of modern church history, we’ve lost liturgy.

 

Maybe it’s time to bring it back.

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Church is Dead. Truth or an Exaggeration?

In the movie “Princess Bride”, Miracle Max lifts the lifeless arm of Wesley and lets it drop to the table, massages his chest, and searches for signs of life. The situation looks awfully grim to Wesley’s companions, but then Miracle Max exclaims, “…it just so happens, your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There is a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there is usually only one thing you can do…go through his clothes and look for loose change.” Continue reading “Church is Dead. Truth or an Exaggeration?” »


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How to Read the Bible in One Year

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV). The Bible offers resistance to the enemy and helps guard against sin. It brings health and blessing to both body and soul, and results in the sweet sleep of confidence. The word of God provides strength and gives hope. It is a path when no direction can be found and a light in the darkness. It is the means to a relationship with the Creator, and the medium in which to draw nearer. Faith is built by hearing the word of God, and without faith it is impossible to please Him. It is the foundation to all wisdom and knowledge, and the tool by which we tap into a power greater than anything else in this world. We have one life to live on this earth, so why not make the most of it by taking up the challenge to spend time in the scriptures. Below are a few tips that may help with your goal to read through the Bible in one year: Continue reading “How to Read the Bible in One Year” »


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Should Worship Leaders Really Be Exalted on Stage?

Walk into just about any church this Sunday morning, and you’ll see something so common that you’d never think twice about it — worship leaders on the stage. In contemporary churches, it’s as common as padded chairs and plexiglass pulpits. But maybe we need to ask the question, should worship leaders really be on stage? Continue reading “Should Worship Leaders Really Be Exalted on Stage?” »


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