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20 Ways to Pray for Worship Leaders

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Ways to Pray for Worship Leaders     Pray that they never sacrifice their family for ministry since their family is ministry. Pray for them to prepare for Sunday by focusing on worship as primary and music as secondary. Pray that they will help us focus more on the creator and less on their creativity. […]

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20 Paradoxologies

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A Paradox is a statement that contradicts itself or a situation that seems to defy logic. A Doxology is a liturgical action or expression of praise and worship to God. When the two are combined the result is a Paradoxology or liturgical action or expression that contradicts itself or seems to defy logic. 20 Paradoxologies […]

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What Are You Reading About Worship? Bibliography 2003-2013

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What are you reading about worship?  Are you reading about worship is probably the more penetrating question.  The words of Eric Hoffer are profound as congregations consider worship renewal and the potential changes that might be required for that renewal.  Hoffer stated, “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves […]

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Is Spontaneous Prayer More Spiritual than Scripted Prayer?

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Hughes Oliphant Old wrote, “For many generations American Protestants have prized spontaneity in public prayer.  One has to admit, however, that the spontaneous prayer one often hears in public worship is an embarrassment to the tradition.  It all too often lacks content.  It may be sincere, but sometimes it is not very profound.”[1] In his […]

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Must Worship Always Be So Happy? The Language of Lament Part 2

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HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – The Language of Lament – Part 2 If worshiping communities will only achieve their best by offering God their worst, how is this accomplished in your worship culture? I stated in last weeks post that we must persistently remind one another that God expects our language of lament and is […]

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Must Worship Always Be So Happy? The Language of Lament – Part 1

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HOPE FROM DESPAIR:  The Language of Lament – Part 1 Are participants in your worship context ever given an opportunity to express despair or grief as a corporate act of worship?  Do worshipers have the freedom to ask God why through music, Scripture, prayer, and teaching?  In light of the suffering of our culture, is […]

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Singing in Regathered Worship: Want or Need?

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Want is something we desire, hope for, or wish for. Need is something essential to survive. We want to sing both congregationally and chorally in our worship services as we regather but we don’t need to sing for worship to occur. So even if we want to sing and can’t or can’t as much, we […]

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12 Things Worship Leaders Want Their Teams to Remember

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They Want You to Remember… How often you are on their minds as they regularly pray for and over you.   How much it means to them when you protect them from their own stupidity without making them feel stupid.   How humbled they are when you encourage them after those hard rehearsals even though […]

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50 Worship Leader Self-Evaluation Questions

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As worship leaders we sometimes don’t consider evaluating our own leadership until we receive complaints about something we are or aren’t doing or singing. Consequently, when those criticisms occur our responses are usually defensive rather than corrective. Self-evaluation is preventive and proactive rather than defensive and reactive. So in order to avert or deter an […]

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Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It

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When the British colonized India in the 1820’s they also introduced the game of golf. A unique problem was quickly discovered, however, after building the first golf course in Calcutta. Monkeys in the trees surrounding the course would drop down, snag the golf balls from the fairways and then carry and drop them in other […]

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Lord’s Supper Myopia

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Limiting our observance of the Lord’s Supper just to a penitential replay of the Last Supper may be diminishing its significance. A myopic observance of the Table as a remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice is not inaccurate, it’s just incomplete. The early church frequently observed the Lord’s Supper not just to remember the cross but also […]

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Steeplejacking Worship

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Steeplejacking is a coined term that describes the attempt to infiltrate, influence and take-over an existing congregation. In the corporate world steeplejacking could be compared to a hostile takeover. It is often initiated by marginalizing what a congregation has done or is presently doing in order to coerce it into making radical changes. It is […]

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Is Our Worship Wasting God’s Time?

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Our English language has only one word for time. But the ancient Greeks used two different words to distinguish between chronological time and theological time. Chronos is sequential time that is orderly, rhythmic and predictable. It is time that is externally controlled, can be measured by a clock and is quantitative. Kairos is the time not measured […]

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Worship Leader…You Can’t Do That

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As worship leaders we often need to be reminded that worship can occur without us and even in spite of us. But we’re sometimes guilty of leading like we alone have the ability and even right to be the sole instigators of worship in our setting. It is true that we’re usually the most talented in the room, […]

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5 Keys To Avoid Worship Change Buyer’s Remorse

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Buyer’s Remorse is the negative emotions or feelings of regret after making a major purchase or costly decision. The buyer may have felt pressure from others to buy or buy-into a product before he/she was ready. The high price of the new often seems extravagant and is sometimes seen as inferior or unnecessary after acquiring it. […]

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