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Worship 101: Excellence vs. Discipleship

Maybe my experience is limited, but I don’t see a lot of worship leaders participating in discipleship. I do see them participating in a never-ending pursuit of excellence, though. Whoa whoa whoa [...]

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Worship 101: Song Keys

Choosing worship song keys for a service is one of the toughest jobs a worship pastor has. Men and women alike can struggle when a worship leader chooses keys that are either too high or too low [...]

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Worship 101: Planning a Worship Service

Whether you’re a minimalist or a full-blown production, planning a worship service flow is a big part of the pastor and worship pastor’s weekly routine. Choosing songs and visuals to go with [...]

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Why Pastors and Worship Leaders Need Identical Vision

I was once really inspired by a conference. I was a fledgling youth pastor working part time in my hometown and somehow had convinced my pastor, worship minister, and volunteer drama director to [...]

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Worship 101: The Worship Team

Happy New Year! I truly believe that 2017 is going to be a great year. The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast is still going strong and I have plans to expand my coaching services this year too! Now [...]

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Why Serving Others Isn’t That Organic

My wife and I are a little concerned. Tonight, we served at an event called Three Trees at our church for over 3 hours as a family. We sat at tables with other families who are struggling to [...]

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What They Really Mean When They Say Worship Is a Show

The worship ministry of the modern church has been called the “war department.” It’s the place that requires a myriad of talented people to pull off in order to essentially please no one, save [...]

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Observations at Martin Luther King’s Former Church

My family and I had a chance to go on vacation last week. We visited my brother-in-law, Brad, in Montgomery, AL. On the way, Brad called and suggested that since we would be going near Selma, we [...]

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REALLY MEAN: When Worship is “Too Loud.”

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