CREATING A SUMMER ARTS CAMP

Summer is a great time to host a Summer Arts Camp at your church. There’s not a prescribed formula for the ‘hows, whens, and whys; it’s completely up to you and your unique set of circumstances. For many, the Summer Arts Camp is a great way to keep children participating in the arts while taking…

MULTI-LINGUAL WORSHIP SERVICE

Multi-lingual worship moments for the local community of faith Corporate worship provides great opportunities to celebrate diversity and unity in the local community of faith. After all, in every Christian worshipping community all over the world, although in different ways, we practice basically the same things we have for more than 2000 years. Consider these…

FIVE WAYS TO PROMOTE GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY THROUGH MUSIC/WORSHIP MINISTRY

Music is a powerful and useful tool to bring together people of all ages in the church. I’m sure you’re already engaged in several of these multi-generational activities, but if not, give these ideas some thought: 1. CHOIR/ORCHESTRA – If your church is like mine, the adult choir/orchestra is one of the few places where…

PRESSING ON THE UPWARD WAY in 2018

Resolutions for your music program:  Starting the New Year off with purpose and passion Out with the old and in with the new. The wheel turns faster and faster, and if we’re not careful, it’ll run right over us! So, in an effort to stay ahead of the game, let’s pause and set some sustainable…

CREATING LITANIES FROM HYMN LYRICS

Keeping worship fresh and the worshipper engaged can be as easy as selecting a favorite hymn lyric to create a short litany or responsive reading. It’s so easy to do, remembering these three simple guidelines: 1. Find a hymn lyric that SPEAKS to you and others in your congregation. This may not be the best…

FIVE KEY QUESTIONS FOR CORPORATE WORSHIP MUSIC PLANNERS

As a church leader who has engaged in weekly worship planning for 30+ years, I often get lost in the business and clutter of the week, losing sight of what’s really important when selecting music for worship. So, as I sit writing this article, I am reminding myself again what matters most. As you plan…

7 WONDERFUL WAYS WE WITNESS WHEN WE WORSHIP

Every time we gather for corporate worship, we are witnesses to those who worship alongside us. We testify of the greatness of our God and our love for Him through our worship expressions. Here are 7 key ways we witness when we worship:   We humbly SUBMIT ourselves to the Lord. We are a witness…

EVERY-DAY ALLELUIAS!

There’s nothing quite like singing spring’s first “alleluia” on Easter Sunday morning. The joy and refreshment of it never loses its appeal. What great power, deep emotion and joyous victory are expressed in just that one little word. I cannot think of another single word that bursts forth from the lips and expresses the heart’s…

REJOICING, REMEMBERING, AND RETELLING DURING THE LENTEN SEASON

  Gathering weekly for corporate worship is important to a vital and growing relationship with God and with our fellow Christ-followers. At no season in our worship cycle is this more obvious than during Lent. Many key tenants of our faith are brought to the forefront in corporate worship during this season; Christ’s sinless life,…

Have It God’s Way This Christmas!

The famous “Have it Your Way” campaign ran for Burger King for forty years, informing its customers that their burger could be ordered any way they like and BK would prepare it for them. I can still hear the 1974 version of the theme song rolling around in my head. Maybe you can too? Special…

Long Live the Hymnal!

For centuries congregants have given money toward the purchase of new hymnals for their congregations. Perhaps you are wondering why congregations need new hymnals? Or, for that matter, why anyone anywhere uses hymnals in worship? Hymns and hymnals go back thousands of years. That’s right folks, I said thousands of years. The earliest hymnal used…