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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Our Top 20 Blog Posts Since Launch!

We launched the Praise More Powerful blogsite in late August of 2006. In just over 5 months, we have had 33,000 hits to our posts and pages to date! We are now averaging upwards of 3000+ hits per week! To God be all that glory! (And a huge thanks to you, our readers!) Of the 76 posts on

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

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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

Guest Posts, Resources, Video Interviews
Video Interview with Spur 58 about Worship and Songwriting

This past weekend I had the chance to sit down and have a nice long chat with a great up and coming worship band called Spur 58. I’ve known these guys for a while, but every time I get around them I love their hearts and passion for the Lord even more. Do yourself a

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts
Death Can Be a Precious Time to Praise

A member of our ministry’s advisory board who is also a pastor wrote me this morning to tell me of an amazing experience he had last week. He got to see first hand how one family responded with pervasive praise at the very moment of their godly loved one’s “precious” death. This is a powerful read with an equally powerful conclusion…

Leaders' Notes
How We Use the Word “Worship” May Be Misleading

We all know that looks can be deceiving. And sometimes how we present something can communicate things we don’t intend to convey. As leaders, we know that worship encompasses every area of our lives. However, if we were to look on many of our church websites and church newsletters, we could easily assume that worship is merely one part of

Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Random Thoughts, Resources
Created to Praise Him in a Unique Way

I received the following note in an email a lady sent me this morning. She and her husband along with her entire church are beginning our Praise More Powerful worship study. I think you’ll agree that her passion and love for the Lord is both encouraging and convicting. Oh, that we would all share in this kind of

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Resources
Created for His Praise!

Below is a brief excerpt from my Praise More Powerful worship study. Enjoy!… When God finished creating Adam and Eve on the sixth day He said it was “very good.” Think about that. They had just been created. They had not had the chance to do anything, yet He was pleased with them. He enjoyed their

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Churches Need Foundational Teaching on Worship

Below is an article by my friend, Frank Nihart, a minister through music in south Alabama. Through his leadership the Lord has built a strong and growing choir and orchestra ministry in his church. Starting later this month, Frank will take all 100 of his music ministry team through our worship study, Praise More Powerful. As you

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources
Developing a Worship Culture In Your Church

Exactly what is a “worship culture,” and what can we do to help our congregations become more “worship minded”? These are the questions a fellow worship leader, Chris Knox, began to ask the Lord several years ago. I asked Chris to share with us what God has taught her and her church on their journey