Are you looking to serve as a worship leader or worship pastor? Do you know someone who might be interested in starting their search? Our Top 20 list of Universities & Schools for Worship Ministry is a healthy place to start. We based our selections on five criteria: (1) reputation; (2) facilities; (3) faculty; (4) location; (5) offerings. Both large and small schools made our list.
What is it like being an artist in the local church today? If you are musical, you surely have an honored place in the worship team, but if you are a visual artist, a dancer, an actor, or write for TV or movies, how does the local church view your work? What if your work as an artist is not inside the local church. Creative professionals at times are lost in our church community. I have friends who produce music for video games, write books, and design illustrations for a living. We all readily appreciate the engineer, the dentist, or business man at church. They are the majority in a way. We can identify their work and quantify its relevance to our daily lives, but if our young people want to be creative professionals, often parents feel they didn’t raise their child properly. Try having a boy tell his dad he wants to be in a band and tour and you might hear the “get a real job first” and “something you can fall back on” speech.
Syria. If you drive to the northern most point in Israel, you can look at its southern border. That’s how close it is to Jerusalem; even closer to the Sea of Galilee. Saul of Tarsus is on the road to Damascus, a city in the south of Syria, when he’s blinded. According to today’s statistics, Christians in Syria have dwindled from 30% in the 1920s to about 11% or less today (BBC). The Voice of Martyrs puts the current number of Christians as 5.9%. When we look at the population as a whole, according to the Catholic News Agency, “Over 280,000 people have died since the Syrian civil war began in March 2011. Another 12.8 million people have been forced from their homes.” It’s a place rife with challenges no matter what, and especially if you’re a Christian.
On May 21, 2017, after 147 years, the Ringling Brothers Circus and Barnum & Bailey Circus ended. No more clowns, no more tigers, no more daredevils shot from cannons. And no more elephant tricks, which ended earlier. Founded through the merging of several circus companies in the 1860s and 70s, the circus brought elements of carnival, freak show, museum attraction, and zoo animals together in one. There was nothing like it in the world. It was the greatest show on Earth!
It is amazing what a worship leader finds in his church inbox on a Monday morning. Over the many years I have served as a worship leader and worship pastor, several ministries encouraged feedback comments on the prayer cards. Against everything holy, the most valued person that ignited the insecurities of leadership was a person named Mr. or Ms. Anonymous. While some ignore this person, others put these above an email, note, or conversation with a live person that we can name and follow up with face to face. In one fantastic anonymous comment, a prayer card came with an attached note and artwork, to boot. This person took the time to draw a baby Jesus crying! “The music is so loud that it makes Jesus cry!” The stapled note attached included instructions on how to design a worship service with exact decibel levels prescribed.
On May 26th, gunmen attacked Egyptian Christians that were traveling to an ancient monastery, St. Samuel Monastery in Minya, a province about 160 miles south of Cairo along the Nile River. Here is everything you need to know about the attack and the most recent updates regarding it.
As churches cater to the needs of today’s generation, one area of particular importance is giving, especially when it comes to offering a means for your congregation to pay tithes online. As recent surveys show, online giving trends continue to rise and churches need to offer a means to allow their congregations to pay tithes online. With all of the options to choose from, what is the best platform for your church?
The Acts of the Apostles is a book of heroes. Much like the Marvel comic world, these fishermen go through an extraordinary experience and it changes them forever. They receive power from God himself through the Holy Spirit. They can do His wonders. Jesus’ words seem to make sense now. “Truly, truly, I say to you,” Jesus says, “whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
Who wants revival? It’s a word we toss around less and less, but I remember a time when multi-day meetings at church with a traveling, fiery evangelist were common. Turning passionately and dramatically back to God is a pattern, especially in the Old Testament. Time and again, we see Israel repenting and whether by the prompting of a leader, judge, or prophet returning to the Lord.