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Salting the Oats

As the old saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” In my last post, I mentioned the one thing that we can’t fix about congregational worship. The one thing would be the congregation’s response. It is possible to lead a congregation to church, . . . → Read More: Salting the Oats

Helping Your Congregation Sing

There is a lot of talk these days about why congregations have stopped singing. I agree that this has become a problem in many churches, and I do believe that we as worship leaders are partially to blame.

Some of the top reasons listed are: 

1. Songs are difficult . . . → Read More: Helping Your Congregation Sing

Creating Wonder, Sharing Joy

First, let me say that I don’t like coffee or even the smell of it. I do like my wife and she likes Starbucks, so by default I often find myself in one. So on a date last night, I found myself in Starbucks.

I was struck with their slogan for . . . → Read More: Creating Wonder, Sharing Joy

What Does the Future Hold for Worship?

Check out my guest posting at Sharefaith.com. In talking to our worship students here at Cedarville University, I believe that there are five trends in worship music for the future. Would love to have your comments here or . . . → Read More: What Does the Future Hold for Worship?

What makes a song “good”?

What makes a song “good”?

As we are discussing worship music in class, my students will sometimes ask “what makes a song good?” Very valid question, and one that everyone in worship ministry should consider.

Perhaps there are other questions that should be asked to get to the heart of the . . . → Read More: What makes a song “good”?

The Next Generation

I am very encouraged as I consider the next generation and the impact that they can have on the church and on the area of worship.

Some specific things that are encouraging:

1. Interest in theology

At our worship camp this summer at Cedarville University, we had over 60 students enrolled. . . . → Read More: The Next Generation

Mission – How Not to Get “Lost in Space”

Last December, an article came out that was very critical of NASA. The article was titled “Expert Panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal” and very frank about NASA having a lack of a specific mission statement.

“More than two years after the president announced the interim goal of sending humans to . . . → Read More: Mission – How Not to Get “Lost in Space”

People skills

This past week I was honored to host the New Life Worship Team from New Life Church in Colorado Springs at our 4th Annual Worship 4:24 Conference at Cedarville University. There were MANY things that the team did very well, but perhaps the things that impressed me the most were their humbleness, authentic . . . → Read More: People skills

Lessons from the Locker Room

Recently, I had the privilege of being selected honorary coach for the Cedarville University Lady Jacket’s basketball team. It was a great experience–getting to cheer on the team and watch what happens “behind the scenes”.

While it was just fun to be a part of the whole process, what was most valuable to . . . → Read More: Lessons from the Locker Room

What is missing from today’s worship services?

I was recently asked by Rick Lee James to answer a question on his podcast “What is missing from today’s worship services?” You can catch the podcast here. In preparation for the answer to the podcast, I jotted down some thoughts I want to share with you.

There is much about worship today . . . → Read More: What is missing from today’s worship services?