When the music fades, all is stripped away and I simply come, longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart. I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus… This is one of my all-time favorite songs written in the late 1990s. However, the story […]
Contemplate for a moment the word “confrontation.” Undoubtedly, it naturally produces a negative connotation. Confrontation is something that most people do not like and will, at all cost, try to avoid. Let’s examine for a moment what this word essentially means. The word confrontation and its root word confront have several different meanings. Confront: To […]
Contemporary Christian Music or commonly called “CCM” is a growing genre of music that has swept this generation with inspiration. Some might say that this style of music is not effective. Others might say, “it is too simple…” and “this type of music is boring…” I could agree to only a degree with some of those antics. CCM is difficult because it needs to be approached with a different mentality; vocally and musically. CCM and Traditional Gospel music have many things in common just like any music that is well written. CCM has a few ideas that need to be applied when executing. When keeping these in mind CCM will become more enjoyable and you will find yourself using both CCM type songs in addition to Gospel.
There is such a need for talented musicians and worship leaders in our churches, and I am a firm believer that talent can be developed from within. In this day and age that we live, it is very easy to want a quick fix or an app that will take care of what we need. […]
Leading worship in a youth service can be intimidating and frankly, pretty scary. I’ve led worship quite a few times in our youth services over the past 15 years in youth ministry and picking songs can just be difficult. But over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to have people pour into me and help me understand Biblical principles of worship and also logistical and practice sides of worship sets which I would like to try and consolidate and share with you.
I sometimes wonder if we full understand the importance of music in the church? I sit in somewhat of an unusual position when it comes to the pastor and the music dept. I am a pastor, but throughout my ministry I have also been very involved in the music ministry. This doesn’t make me an […]
Change was in the air at the beginning of the decade. Choirs were disappearing as praise singers and worship teams moved to front and center, guitars a blazing. The title of singing groups turned to bands. Choir and music directors became worship pastors. All gospel or southern gospel became a more contemporary style. My wife Heather and I witnessed this as a young newly hired music ministers. We realized quickly that we would be building on the foundation of the previous legacy that had been paved before us. As the previous ministers left to start a daughter work to fulfill Gods calling elsewhere, we rolled up our sleeves and began to work. The challenge that every new leader faces is adapting the evolving process and procedures of the previous leadership and steering forward while at the same time maintaining the vision that God has provided.
The role that the music department plays in the building of a church is hard to overstate. It has the potential to serve as a vehicle which can help usher us into the presence of the Lord, and conversely has the ability to undermine godly leadership and usurp authority in the hands of those that lack wisdom. Music has long been associated with worship although the two endeavors are not synonymous.
So much to do and so little time to do it all! That is the cry of many female leaders today! No matter the size of your congregation, choir or praise team, the workload can be overwhelming at times. The art of balancing our homes, families, church, work and community involvement is no easy task. I […]