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

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
Striving to Be a Minister through Music

The fourth and highest level of effectiveness for church musicians (and technical assistants) is to be a minister through music. (To read about Levels 1 – 3 go here.) People on Level 4 still desire the excellence of Level 2. Like those on Level 3, they see the great blessing musical praise can be to

Biblical Perspectives
3 Requirements for Perfect Praise

In Matthew 21:16, Jesus was quick to defend the children in the temple who were dancing and singing to Him. He blasted the criticizing Pharisees, saying, “Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” Notice that the praise Jesus referred to wasn’t just any praise. He

Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts, Resources
Welcome Readers!

Thanks for stopping by! A huge shout-out to Julie, Jeremy and the gang at Worship Leader Magazine for publishing my article, A Christmas Wrapped In Praise, on their website during December! Many thanks! Please sign our newly-added guestbook and tell us a little about yourself!  For coming by to visit my blogsite, here is a

Devotional Thoughts, Leaders' Notes
Casting Crowns Cast Their Crowns

Casting Crowns was up (again) for an award at the American Music Awards last night. They didn’t receive the award, but as fellow artist, Kirk Franklin, stood behind the winner’s podium and thrust that Contemporary Inspirational trophy upward in the air, he called their name, showing his respect for this amazing band. This morning I went on Casting Crowns’ website looking for information about their

Biblical Perspectives
Repetition in Praise Is Not a Bad Thing!

I was talking on the phone recently with a worship leader friend of mine in Mobile, AL. He said he has a small clan of people in his choir that complain every time they sing any songs that repeat. “Too much repetition,” they keep telling him. I’ve often heard of such songs with certain repeating phrases

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources
How One Worship Leader Helped Teach His Church about Worship

I’ve believed for years that we should do more than just lead the congregation in singing. As worship leaders, we need to also teach worship and praise to the people in the pews. Here’s a worship leader that’s doing that very thing! Not only did he bring us in to teach his choir, he used a very common tool called a

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Worship Study Overview Video

Below is the Week 1 Overview Video for the in-depth worship study, Praise More Powerful: Insights to Transform Our Worship NOTE: If you can’t see the video screen below, please hit the refresh button in your browser. You will also need Shockwave Flash to view the screen. Go here to download the free Flash program. Five Goals

Guest Posts, Random Thoughts
Redefining “Blended Worship”

I’m afraid the idea of “blended worship” is often watered down. Blending a few old and new songs in the same service does not necessarily constitute God-honoring and unifying worship among Christ’s body. I discovered this article while perusing New Creation Ministries’ website this morning. I strongly concur… Blended Worship by Robert Webber – January 2003 Throw

Random Thoughts
Pray for Rick Warren & His Wife

Last night I received a second letter from Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.  He sent it to those on his mailing list, people who (for the most part!) support the tremendous ministry God has raised up through him and his team. (Read entire letter here.) Based on the contents of this letter, he and

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts
Worship – The Missing Jewel

Today during my quiet time I came across this commentary by Chuck Swindoll. Powerful reading. This encapsulates the reason we started Next Level Worship, LLC. Enjoy! A.W. Tozer once said, “Worship is the missing jewel of the evangelical church.” Even though decades have passed since Tozer first said it, I’m afraid the jewel, in most places of our

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts
Praise and Proclamation Go Hand in Hand

By John Martin  Psalm 40:1-3 speaks of a time in David’s life when he is at an all-time low. He feels trapped in a dark, damp pit where he is surrounded by his enemies and the burdens of the world are more than he can bear. He is praying and waiting for God to do

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
Our Ultimate Goal as Worship Leaders

Excerpt from Week 8 of Praise More Powerful: What can we accomplish every single time we stand in front of others to lead praise and worship? To begin to “unearth” what we so desperately need to discover, we need look to 2 Chronicles 20. In verse 29, the Children of Judah had just returned from

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
Influencing Should Never Be Our Highest Goal

The Children of Judah in 2 Chronicles 20 lifted this motif as they marched toward their enemies:  “Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever.” For years I couldn’t quite understand why Jehoshaphat chose those particular words for the choir and musicians to sing. I realize this was a familiar doxology for them. But if