Sometimes it’s great to take a look back and see where we’ve come from. I’ve compiled a list of five of our greatest posts from TWC past (in no certain order)! Be sure to jump in and add your thoughts!
1) How To Host A Night of Worship
Fred McKinnon asks: 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 when we gather as a church and have extended times of music, singing, prayer, and praise. Our worship nights typically don’t have a sermon or teaching time. They tend to be more expressive, the music tends to be a bit louder and fuller, and the interaction with the congregation seems to increase dramatically…
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2) Practical Resource: How To Develop A Worship Ministry
Rob Still shares a great outline that is intended to communicate key points to potential team members when forming a worship ministry from the ground up. Cut and paste with these ideas as needed for your context…
3) Is There A Place For Performance In Worship?
Russ Hutto says: I think one of the most misused, yet well-intentioned churchy phrases is “Worship is not a performance.” Most of the times (if not all) it’s used when talking about the quality or excellence of our worship MUSIC. I definitely agree that worship itself is not a performance. But I believe when we in the church use the cliche we’re talking about the music we use to worship (not worship itself).
For the record, I agree with the general heart behind that cliche. We don’t worship for our own glory, or for the glory of our bands, or even our church. We worship to glorify God. Period.
But I wanted to break down the idea a little bit and present a different angle….
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4) Anyone Can Make Fun Of The Worship Leader
Tyler Braun says: For some reason, worship leaders have a bit of a bad reputation. Whether it be in classes, on blogs, or just in conversations, I hear all the time about how most worship leaders just try to look cool without really knowing anything about leading a corporate gathering of worship. The rock genre of most worship music being written today probably doesn’t help, nor does many churches hiring young men who they won’t give enough training or support…
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5) 10 Tips for Worship Leaders: How to Enhance On-Stage Presence
Lorie King says: If you’ve ever seen a group of children perform a song for a gathering of parents and spectators, you’ve seen the teacher or leader who places his or herself directly in their line of vision and proceeds to mouth (very clearly and expressively) every word and indicate every gesture at the appropriate time so that the children can follow along and all look like they know what they’re doing.
That is exactly our “job” as worship leaders! We’re the coaches, the cue card holders, the kind gentleman in Pretty Woman who discreetly aids a befuddled Julia Roberts’ character in choosing the right fork for the dinner course at a fancy restaurant…
BONUS POST: Leading Worship: What’s Your Preference?
Russ Hutto says: As a worship leader one of the tensions that we will consistently manage is the notion of preference. I’ve noticed over the years that even my own preferences are shaped and changed by circumstances. I’ve never, ever been in a church where preference wasn’t present. Whether it’s talked about, or not, preference is something that is a part of every individual’s experience, and every community’s make-up.
People have certain individual preferences when it comes to the music that we
useoffer as worship…
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