Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Pastor: Worship Leader or Lead Worshiper?

Guest Post by John Martin:     As senior pastors, if we are fortunate enough to have a praise and worship person who really wants to do a quality job, we often breath a sigh of relief and say, “I’m glad that is taken care of.  It’s one less thing for me to worry about.”  Then each

Leaders' Notes, Worship Planning
3 Levels of Learning a Song

This week on American Idol several would-be idols were instantly disqualified because they forgot their lyrics. This is an embarrassment any of us who sing solos can relate to. If we’ve sung much at all, we’ve “made up the words” at some point! However, truly learning a song means more than just memorizing some words. In fact,

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Praise Should Boil from Hearts On Fire

The following is an excerpt from a new book I’ve just started. Hope you enjoy! (And please leave me a comment below to let me know what you think.) Thanks so much! – Dwayne  Imagine you have a child who has really struggled in a certain subject at school. You have become concerned about his grades because

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New Book on Praise Off to Great Start!

Dear Blog Readers, Thanks for giving me a week off to hide away and write! It was an amazing time with the Lord in a little cabin in the woods – no TV, no radio, and no internet access! (Surprisingly, I didn’t suffer from any severe withdrawals while there!) Of course, the greater appreciation goes

Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Random Thoughts
Video of Refugee Children Singing Praises to God

Have you ever had something just stop you in your tracks and leave you speechless for a moment? When I first saw this simple, one and a half minute video, that was my reaction. These are people who have absolutely nothing, yet they are praising their God… My dear friend, Ken Galyean of, just returned

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Worship Study Helps Pastor’s Pursuit of Passionate Praise

Whew, that’s a lot of P’s in one title! Nonetheless, it is the best way to describe an email a pastor sent me yesterday. I love this guy’s heart and grasp on praise and worship of our awesome God. That everyone had his passion and understanding! According to this note, what helped encourage his pursuit of deeper and greater praise was our worship study, Praise More

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Praise to God is Universal

Praise is universal. If we could fly over the “plains of praise,” we would see many landmarks that would give us a clearer picture of just how universal and far-reaching praise to God really is. For example, we would see that God’s people have always praised him. In our day many churches and believers are

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Leaders' Notes
Our Mission Here at Next Level Worship

I have known for some time now that Colossians 1:28-29 is to be the theme scripture for our ministry through Next Level Worship, LLC. However, during my quiet time this morning, the Lord clearly showed me 5 reasons why this is to be our mission statement. Please understand that the devotional writing below is from very personal thoughts I journaled

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Worship Planning
An Effective Corporate Worship Approach

A good friend, Michael Moore, sent me a graphic he designed that is based on a simple approach his church leaders use as they plan their worship services. Michael is a former college roommate of mine and pastor at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Virginia. (For the record, no, we’re not kin – but I’d sure claim him if I could!) This

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Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Video Interviews
Interview with Scott Dawson about Artists and Evangelism

Scott Dawson took a few moments out of his very busy schedule this past weekend to give us his insights about artists. As he and I sat backstage of his Strength To Stand Conference for students, we discussed the role and importance he sees that Christian artists play in evangelistic events. I’ve had the privilege to be Scott’s

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Video Interviews
Video Interview with the Charlie Hall Band about Worship

I got a chance to sit down with Passion artist, Charlie Hall and his band, this past weekend at Scott Dawson’s Strength to Stand Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. It is no wonder Charlie has been nominated for the Best Worship Artist for 2006 in CCM’s Reader’s Choice Awards! He’s certainly got my vote! This

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Video Interviews
Video Interview with Joel Engle about Worship

My friend, Joel Engle, was kind enough to give me about 10 minutes of his time for an interview between praise sets this past weekend. He was leading worship at Scott Dawson’s Strength to Stand Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. Joel is an anointed worship artist, song-writer and author. He has a contagious passion for God

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Video Interviews
Video Interview with Skillet about Worship and Performance

I recently had the opportunity to sit down this past weekend with Skillet’s lead singer, John Cooper,  I knew these guys put on a great show on stage, but after talking with John, I can clearly see their heart for God and their passion to use their music to bring others to Him. Thanks, John, for giving