Devotional Thoughts, Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts, Worship Planning
God Can Work In Tightly Scheduled Worship Services Too!

Thankfully, I am (finally!) finished with the Program Schedule for this year’s Smoky Mountain Student Bible Conference. And I can say with no hesitation that of the thousands of programs and worship services I have planned over the years, this is by far the most difficult…but also one of the most rewarding! Scott Dawson and his team lead this amazing student

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts, Worship Planning
How Structured Should a Worship Service Be?

This topic of how much structure we should have in our worship gatherings is very much on my mind at this moment. For the past several days, I have been working diligently to complete the Tech Schedule for the Smoky Mountain Student Bible Conference. More on that in my blog post called God Can Move

Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Random Thoughts
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

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Random Thoughts
New Year’s Resolution: Quit Your Job

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Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Worship Planning
Planning a Worship Service Using the 5 Necessary Elements

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. It is based on the 5 Necessary Elements for an Effective Worship Gathering. These are explained and studied in detail in my worship

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
True Worship Changes Us

We cannot encounter God’s presence and awesome glory and not be somehow affected. A great example of a person who experienced the radical change worship can make is Asaph in Psalm 73. Asaph had an extremely negative outlook in the first half of that chapter. His eyes were focused on the prosperity of the wicked.

Devotional Thoughts, Random Thoughts
The First Christmas Rush

Mention the words, “Christmas rush,” around others and watch eyes roll and heads wag. No one has to tell us what a headache the Christmas rush can be each year. And few of us get any pleasure from last-minute shopping or standing in those long lines at the post office! However, the first “Christmas rush” was quite different

Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts, Resources
Welcome Readers!

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Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Technology
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

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources
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 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

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Shout Out to Worship Matters!

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Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
The Pastor Is the Primary Worship Leader

Look closely at the story of the Children of Judah in 2 Chronicles 20:18-21 and you’ll notice two important things: 1) It was King Jehoshaphat who was the first to fall on his knees before the Lord. He led the way for the thousands of others there to praise. 2) Furthermore, it was Jehoshaphat who

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts
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

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Our Praise Should Not Depend On the Service

Recently, a Lutheran pastor was describing to me why he enjoys liturgical worship. He said, “Dwayne, some people may think our traditional worship services are less than exciting – even stale. But I don’t see them that way. Almost every time we read from the liturgical literature and observe the liturgical calendar, God shows me

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
4 Levels of Effectiveness as Worship Leaders

Over the years I have observed four levels of effectiveness among those who are involved with music in churches. These include praise team members, choir and orchestra members and production people. 1. The lowest level is what I call the song leader level. These are the people who do no more than show up and