Leaders’ Notes

Leaders' Notes, Worship Planning
Freedom NOT to Announce Every Song

I was talking today with a pastor friend of mine. He was telling me how his music minister used to announce the title of every song before he sang it. “Now we’re going to sing Love Lifted Me….The next song is Lord I Lift Your Name…Now we’ll sing Shout to the Lord,” and so forth

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts
Praise Out of Anquish

Hey everyone! God really blew me away this morning during my QT. I’ve never really thought of this as a motivation to praise before – in spite of maybe, but not because of… Below you’ll see I’ve pasted today’s post from my Quiet Time Journal (just in case you aren’t subscribed to my Quiet Time Journal.) Know someone going through

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Worship Weekend Brings Lasting Renewal to Church!

I just received an email from a worship leader at a church in Ohio. They hosted me for a Praise and Worship Weekend over a month ago. From Friday night’s first teaching and praise time all the way through to Sunday night’s culminating Praise Gathering, God was honored and people’s hearts were revived (including mine!).

Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts
First Service at New Church Start a Huge Success!

Several of you have asked for an update regarding the new church plant we are helping to start. Last Sunday, September 17, was our first day and in fact the kick-off service of this brand new church. It’s called The Church at Ross Bridge. We had 119 people there! PTL! My family and I are

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Great New Resource for Worship Leaders!

I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore! Just this week Worshipspice.com launched! It is still in its infancy stage. Ultimately it will offer not only lead sheets for the top 100 CCLI songs but also videos and written discipleship materials for worship leaders to use with their groups! In fact I have just

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
Gotta Have Accountability!

I am thankful for my accountability partners, John, Scott, Ken and my wife, Sonia. Because I am often alone in my studio/study with my computer, I have to be extra careful about what I browse on the internet. That is why each week my accountability partners receive a report from BSafeOnline.net that shows them exactly what websites

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Steps to Planning a Worship Gathering

From time to time, I’m asked how I go about planning for a worship gathering – or service, as it is often called. Below are some simple steps and elements to consider. Please remember that in most cases it is best to involve a team of trusted staff and volunteers, rather than one person planning everything.

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
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