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Created to Praise Him in a Unique Way

I received the following note in an email a lady sent me this morning. She and her husband along with her entire church are beginning our Praise More Powerful worship study. I think you’ll agree that her passion and love for the Lord is both encouraging and convicting. Oh, that we would all share in this kind of

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Churches Need Foundational Teaching on Worship

Below is an article by my friend, Frank Nihart, a minister through music in south Alabama. Through his leadership the Lord has built a strong and growing choir and orchestra ministry in his church. Starting later this month, Frank will take all 100 of his music ministry team through our worship study, Praise More Powerful. As you

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Developing a Worship Culture In Your Church

Exactly what is a “worship culture,” and what can we do to help our congregations become more “worship minded”? These are the questions a fellow worship leader, Chris Knox, began to ask the Lord several years ago. I asked Chris to share with us what God has taught her and her church on their journey

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New Year’s Resolution: Be Godly, Not Religious

I’m reading a challenging and refreshing book right now by Chuck Swindoll. It’s entitled, So, You Want to Be Like Christ? The back cover sums up very well what Dr. Swindoll communicates through the pages of this powerful hardback. Below is an excerpt from the back cover. Just these words alone are enough to make me say

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Podcasting Your Worship Service

I asked my friend, Terry Hadaway, to share his insights about podcasting. Along with his amazing writing and church education ministry, Terry and his son, Daniel, have a powerful internet ministry, called Audio Interactions. They help several churches and well-known Christian leaders produce their podcasts. (You may know Terry as the author who wrote the study guide

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Rick Muchow’s Tips for Leading Worship

Below is an excerpt from an article by Rick Muchow entitled, “Seven tips for Leading Worship.” I discovered this great resource on Pastors.com. Enjoy! By Rick Muchow: Here are my tips for effective worship L.E.A.D.I.N.G.: Let God lead Jesus said that he is the vine and that we are the branches … apart from him we can do

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Our Praise Should Be a Gift to God and Others

Guest Post by Pastor John Martin  The other day I saw a large anthill built in a crevice in the concrete.  Out from this anthill were two columns of ants.  The outgoing column of ants headed toward the “fields” to “work”, while the incoming column returned to the colony with his or her “harvest”. Each

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How One Worship Leader Helped Teach His Church about Worship

I’ve believed for years that we should do more than just lead the congregation in singing. As worship leaders, we need to also teach worship and praise to the people in the pews. Here’s a worship leader that’s doing that very thing! Not only did he bring us in to teach his choir, he used a very common tool called a

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Redefining “Blended Worship”

I’m afraid the idea of “blended worship” is often watered down. Blending a few old and new songs in the same service does not necessarily constitute God-honoring and unifying worship among Christ’s body. I discovered this article while perusing New Creation Ministries’ website this morning. I strongly concur… Blended Worship by Robert Webber – January 2003 Throw

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Worship – The Missing Jewel

Today during my quiet time I came across this commentary by Chuck Swindoll. Powerful reading. This encapsulates the reason we started Next Level Worship, LLC. Enjoy! A.W. Tozer once said, “Worship is the missing jewel of the evangelical church.” Even though decades have passed since Tozer first said it, I’m afraid the jewel, in most places of our

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Praise and Proclamation Go Hand in Hand

By John Martin  Psalm 40:1-3 speaks of a time in David’s life when he is at an all-time low. He feels trapped in a dark, damp pit where he is surrounded by his enemies and the burdens of the world are more than he can bear. He is praying and waiting for God to do

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Podcasting Your Worship Service

I asked my friend, Terry Hadaway, to share his insights about podcasting. Along with his amazing writing and church education ministry, Terry and his son, Daniel, have a powerful internet ministry, called Audio Interactions. They help several churches and well-known Christian leaders produce their podcasts. (You may know Terry as the author who wrote the study guide

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Traditional vs. Contemporary Worship Music

A pastor friend of mine wrote this article. Provocative thoughts! Let us hear what you think about this topic. Thanks! – Dwayne   There is a disturbance within the church of today.  It is an issue that can take the most loving, most unified congregation and turn them into a bitter, battling group of individuals.  The

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What should a blended worship service look like?

Hey, I just came across an article in Creator Magazine that challenges a lot of our thinking on what we mean by the word “blended.” Leave us a comment and tell us whether you agree. By Roger O’Neel: Most evangelical churches today have a service they would describe as “blended”. This type of service allows for a broad appeal to many types