Posts by Fred McKinnon:
You’ve worked a hard day and would love to just get home for a hot meal and some R&R. You’re feeling tired and it seems the day should be winding down but there is still one more important meeting to attend: the weekly praise team rehearsal.
Most praise teams are staffed with volunteers who have busy lives. Although our primary objective should be preparing our teams so that we can lead effectively, getting our volunteers through rehearsal in a reasonable time frame is an added bonus.
Every rehearsal is different but there are certainly some steps we can take as leaders to honor the time of our devoted praise team members. By being prepared you can have a more effective, productive rehearsal which will potentially take less of your team’s time while still preparing them to lead with excellence and confidence. Read the rest of this entry “
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Description: Using PlanningCenterOnline.Com, Fred McKinnon (Founder of TheWorshipCommunity.Com and blogging at FredMcKinnon.Com) shows how to make extensive use of the “Create Chord Chart” feature of PlanningCenter. Ideas on spacing chords for rhythm and using HTML tags to add band, vocal, and arrangement notes.
This tutorial will enhance your chord charts, arrangements, and cut down on rehearsal time.
Each morning, around 7:00 AM EST, we will be sending an email with a partial summary of the articles, reviews, and conversations that have been created here on TWC.
The morning email is the easiest way to stay connected to the community’s activity. It can become a huge source of encouragement for you and it will give you an opportunity to be that encouragement to Read the rest of this entry “
You can design a masterful flow of songs
You can recite Scripture, encourage, and effortlessly transition between songs
You can close your eyes, raise your hands, and demonstrate physical acts of worship …
all the while, your heart is far from God.
You know just where to raise the key …
You know exactly where the people will start standing because of the response to your arrangement …
You can predict precisely how the mood of the room will be …
all the while, your heart is far from God. Read the rest of this entry “
We all know how vital prayer, rest, solitude, and fellowship are for our faith walk. Yet, our culture has created such an insane pace of life that we rarely take the time to:
Have you ever wished you could devote an entire service to worshiping God through music, song, and other expressions of worship? Do you want a special time where you can have a bit more freedom without the constraints of what is required of a typical Sunday morning gathering?
One of my favorite times of ministry in the local church is when I host our “Night of Worship” events. These are times Read the rest of this entry “
Kingsway Music releases new Brenton Brown album, “Our God Is Near” on March 22, 2011.
Brenton Brown has penned some of the most loved songs of the past two decades. I had the privilege of seeing Brenton with his band at the “Forge Conference” last Fall (2010). One of the coolest things about this appearance was his sharing the stage with one of his favorite co-writers and worship leaders, Paul Baloche. Despite the volume of incredible songs co-written by Paul and Brenton, they’d never shared the stage together as worship leaders. To say it was surreal would be an understatement.
I was especially interested in this new album because I’d already heard Read the rest of this entry “
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“Greatly To Be Praised”
Words and Music by Mike Kim/ASCAP
©2010, HPP Music (a division of Highest Praise Productions, Inc)
There’s a great discussion going on over at FredMcKinnon.com about the phrase “culture of worship.” We hear and maybe even use this phrase a lot when talking about our “job descriptions” as Worship Leaders.
What does it mean? How doe we achieve it? Is it even the right question to ask? Here’s Fred’s post:
One of the primary responsibilities in my job description as the Worship Director at SSCC is this:
“to create a culture of worship”.