Guest Posts

Guest Posts
Praying for Our President-elect

The presidential election of 2008 is in the history books. We have a new President-elect and his name is Barrack Hussein Obama. Now if you voted as I did, you may very well be disappointed with that fact. But while we may be disappointed, let us not be disheartened. It is true, I will not

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Pet Peaves about Worship Leaders

Kent Shaffer has highlighted a provocative list of things people hate to see worship leaders do. WARNING: This list is not for the easily offended or closed-minded or convinced-they’ve-got-it-all-figured-out people. I don’t necessarily agree with everything on the list. But I must admit I have been (still am) guilty of some of the “gripes” mentioned here. I challenge us

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts
American Idol Sings Worship Song

Do yourself a favor and go to WorshipMatters.com and read Bob Kauflin’s article about American Idol and the contestants singing Shout to the Lord twice this week. This article is one of the most profound and provocative perspectives I have read on how worship causes our culture and Christianity to both compliment each other and

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Practical Team-Building Tips for Your Praise Band

Guest Post by Chris Knox:  The “good ole days” of traveling with my husband in a Christian rock band are long gone.  We’ve “grown up”, had four children, and have excitedly accepted the God-given calling to build a worship culture at our church.  I describe that culture as combining the ingredients of music and art

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Video Interviews
A Large Church Worship Leader’s Desire to Help Smaller Churches

Hey everyone, sorry about not posting in over a week. We changed ISPs and inadvertently knocked out our internet service for several days! Below is a video interview with my dear friend, Rhon Carter, worship pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA. (Click on the words Read on… below to view the video.) Last weekend, I had the

Guest Posts, Messages on Worship, Worship Planning
Worship God on Vacation Message Series

Holidays and traveling are an integral part of our lives. For we Americans, this upcoming “Labor Day” will be anything but laborious as we take to the highways and waterways to celebrate a reprieve from our labors. Unfortunately, far too many otherwise church-going Christians likewise take a hiatus from church while they are on vacation.

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Worship Planning
Worship Tips and Techniques

Hey everybody! Heads up on some great ideas and tips for leading worship that I just ran across. Go to http://www.kuesterlaw.com/worship/tips.htm and check them out. Well worth your time to read! Thanks to Kelly Sparks for his work on gathering these thoughts into one location! – Dwayne ShareFollow

Book Reviews, Guest Posts, Resources
Guest Review of New Book, “The Art of Worship”

My friend, Bob Kauflin, has written a strong review of a very strong, new resource by Greg Scheer. Bob calls Greg’s new book published by Baker, “one of the best practical guides for those who lead congregational worship with a band.” I am presently reading this new and helpful book, The Art of Worship: A Musician’s

Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Study Finds Pastors “Too Busy for God”

OK, an article in this week’s edition of Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox hit me hard. Our ministry is right now in the midst of launching a major church-wide emphasis on worship (called 30 Days of Praise). At the heart of its purpose is to get people to slow down and make time daily to focus on God and

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Real Worship Produces Willing Volunteers

The following is a guest post by Dr. Terry Hadaway. He has just written an amazing Bible study called “Where’d the Army Go?” which is timed perfectly as churches are looking now for volunteers to fill much needed positions this fall. Be sure to go his ministry’s website (www.EquipBibleStudy.com) and consider downloading this entire study for your church or

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Worship Planning
Growing Your Church the Simple, Scriptural Way

Guest Post by John Martin:  Often times doesn’t it seem that we find the most difficult of solutions to the simplest of problems?  Let me give you an example.  At the height of the space race during the 1960’s, NASA took on the arduous job of finding a way to write in space. Normal pens

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Information Is Key Essential in Music Ministries

Guest Post by Michael Adler, Worship Arts Pastor at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama:  While certainly the needs of today’s music ministry include the most obvious disciplines such as worship philosophies, musicality, recruiting, and others, I would like to add another essential to that list.  Any organization operates best when those charged w/ creating

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Worship Planning
Reinventing Our Predictable Worship Subculture

I just read a powerful dialogue on Nancy Beach’s blog. (Nancy is programming director at Willow Creek Church in Chicago and author of a challenging book entitled, An Hour on Sunday: Creating Moments of Transformation and Wonder.) Please do yourself and your congregation a favor: Go to her blog site and read Nancy’s entry, The

Book Reviews, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources
Rory Noland Endorses Pure Praise Worship Study!

Hey everyone! I just received an amazing email from Rory Noland. Check out what he wrote about our study, Pure Praise! Dwayne Moore has given us a comprehensive guide to worship leading. Pure Praise is thorough and well researched; no stone is left unturned. The various application questions and exercises make the book very accessible

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts, Worship Planning
Worshiping God While on Vacation

My friend, Michael Moore, just left me a comment on A Successful Life Is a Worshiping Life. But this is so good I wanted to highlight his thoughts in a post. He is beginning a worship series in July entitled, “Worship God While on Vacation.” The emphasis is to worship God everyday and everywhere. How