Discipleship, Guest Posts, pastors, Worship Leaders
WHO IS AT YOUR TABLE? Four Ways to Prepare Your Heart and Make Room for Authentic Worship

Today we are excited to share a guest post by Matthew Craig.  He is a pastor at First Christian Church in Scottsburg, IN. You can learn more about his family and ministry at   As pastor, I often challenge myself to apply first the words that I’m preaching in my own life and then

pastors, Worship Leaders
Worship Leaders Need a Retreat!

As a person in full-time ministry, I’ve learned the importance of taking a retreat. Life and ministry can oftentimes be overwhelming, and at times even hurtful to your body and soul. We must find healing and hope daily through an intimate relationship with God, and sometimes we need to get away, retreat, and go deeper

Missions, pastors, reports, worship teams
How Can Our Worship Team Get Involved in Missions? (Podcast)

Click here to LISTEN to this podcast. In this Worship Q&A podcast Dwayne has a conversation with fellow NLWI team members, Jordan Hutton and Donald Kutala, who head up NLWI’s missions efforts. Topics covered in this podcast include: Local missions ideas to get your worship team “outside the walls” of your church ministering in your community

Audio Teaching, pastors
Why Do Churches Need Worship Pastors?

Let’s say you’re a lead pastor, and you need someone to lead the music in your church. You have enough money to hire a permanent worship leader, but you’re thinking about trying a different approach. Instead of paying a worship leader a full-time salary, you could use that same money to bring in some professional

Audio Teaching, Biblical Perspectives, pastors
When It’s Time to Leave Your Church Ministry Position (Part 2) Play in new window | DownloadWant to LISTEN to this article? Simply click on the arrow above. For me, knowing when it’s time to leave a church ministry position usually starts with one of two things. We talked about the first way, inner restlessness, in Part 1 of this article. Today, we’ll look at the second

pastors, Resources, teaching
Worship: What Christians Should Aim for Every Day

NOTE: The following article is an excerpt from Week 2 of the 6-week Bible study, Heaven’s Praise: Hearing God Say Well Done by Dwayne Moore. This article will run in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox and on later this week. ____________________________________ Have you ever felt like you’ve been wandering through life, not quite knowing what exactly God’s expecting

Ministry Strategies, pastors, teaching, worship teams
How to Develop Your Worship Team to Be True Ministers

The following article by Dwayne was featured this week on and in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. This article is part of the Building Strong Worshipers series, presented by in partnership with Next Level Worship.   Our goal for church musicians and worship teams should be that they become ministers through music. It isn’t enough to be good musicians

Guest Posts, pastors, teaching
Mentoring Leaders through Worship

The following article is a guest post from our good friend, Dr. Vernon Whaley, dean of the School of Music at Liberty University. This is part of the Building Strong Worship Leaders Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox that Next Level Worship is presenting in partnership with   Did you know that when you and I worship

pastors, Worship Planning
When Pastor “Requests” a Certain Song

RE-POST: Here was one of our popular posts of 2013… Got this question from a worship leader the other day about his pastor’s song request versus God’s leading him. Would you have advised this person differently? –Dwayne My pastor had requested for us to do a song this past week. I had it on my

pastors, teaching
Rick Warren on Worship Leading

Rick Warren and Dwayne Moore Recently, I had the privilege to attend a “Worship Influencer’s Retreat” at Saddleback Church in CA. We met at Rancho Capistrano, which is their beautiful retreat center (formerly owned by Crystal Cathedral). Rick Muchow, worship pastor at Saddleback, invited 12 leaders from around the US to this four-day  summit on how to better disciple worship leaders. It

Leaders' Notes, pastors
How To Be a Maverick for God

One of the most stirring and important messages I have heard in many years is the one Michael Catt preached recently. Michael is pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA. He is also the executive producer of the movies, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel. Michael and I were working in a conference together when

pastors, Resources
Saddleback Pastors Conference LIVE Webcast

Great online resource and awesome teaching!! May 19-21, 2009 only! ShareFollow

Leaders' Notes, pastors, Resources, Worship Planning
Pastors, You Are Your Church’s Lead Worshiper

The following article was written by John Martin, who is the Vice President of Development for Next Level Worship, LLC. This article was featured in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. We have received tons of positive feedback from this article. Once you’ve read it, we believe you’ll understand why! Enjoy! As senior pastors, if we are fortunate