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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.

Biblical Perspectives
Hidden Dislike for New Praise Songs

Recently I received a very telling email from a worship leader in Ohio about worship styles in their church. What she described could be written of many churches in America. For so many, the “war” on worship styles has long been over and battlelines drawn years ago. However, there is still an underlying current of discontent and

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Ready to Listen, Ready to Praise

The pinnacle of listening, the ultimate goal of our spiritual ears is this: We should be ready and able to hear our Lord speak to us anytime and anywhere he wishes. When we deliberately and regularly place ourselves in a listening posture, God can download into us his truths, insights and directives as often as

Resources
Daily Audio Bible Podcast

 Lately I can hardly wait to go running my twenty minute jog. It’s not that I’m some exercise addict; rather I use that time to listen to Brian Harden’s Daily Audio Bible Podcast. Right now he’s reading from the Good News translation. A couple weeks ago it was the New Living Translation. He changes up which gives the

Guest Posts
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

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

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Pleasing Praise Requires Listening

If we are to know how he wants us to praise him – whether we’re alone in our quiet times or with other believers – then we must learn to listen to him speak to us. There are exactly four ways that God speaks to His people today. First and foremost, He speaks through His

Random Thoughts
Going and Coming

This Sunday is my last day at Brindlee Mountain Church. I’ve been on staff there over 5 years. My family and I have had a great experience with those incredible people. This Sunday will be tough for many of us. I want to shout out to my band and praise team: Bob Satler, Tim Nelson,

Biblical Perspectives
Fallen Troops

Four of my friends who are worship leaders and pastors have fallen out of the ministry over the past few months. Three out of the four had affairs and one was accused (falsely he said) of inappropriate behavior with a child in his church. These were (are) talented and capable men whom God was using in his

Biblical Perspectives
Humility before honor

I just finished my quiet time. Been reading in Proverbs 15 where it says “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” Wow, forget trying to climb some ladder of success today. I just need to humble myself before holy God. He’ll do the honoring how and when he