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Should Praise Team Members Be Paid?

by Next Level Worship

From time to time I am asked if church musicians should be paid to play or sing in a church’s weekly services. In a sentence, I would say don’t pay them–especially not up front. And don’t make any promises for it to come in the future. (Please see the exceptions below.) The scriptural principle is 1 Chronicles 21:24 where…



2009 Saddleback Worship Conference

by Next Level Worship

Our friends at Saddleback Church emailed us to ask us to help them get the word out about their worship conference. We are honored to help! Don’t miss this incredible conference! Guests include Rick Warren, Rick Muchow, Israel Houghton, Paul Baloche, Francis Chan, Sarah Kelly, Tim Hughes, Brenton Brown, and many more! The dates are Tuesday,…



Casting Crowns’ Story of True Success

by Next Level Worship

This is Part 3 of a 3-part series called “The Law of Divine Elevation.” This article is excerpted from my worship study, Pure Praise: A Heart-focused Bible Study on Worship (Group Publishing, 2009). To pre-order Pure Praise, go here. Thanks! – Dwayne Here’s a modern-day example that illustrates how and when God may choose to…



Video of Governor Sarah Palin’s Stand for Christ

by Next Level Worship

We need to pray for Governor Sarah Palin and her family. God has elevated her to an extraordinary place of influence through her selection by Senator John McCain as his running mate for Vice President. (My article in this week’s edition of Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, titled The Law of Divine Elevation, sure seems to apply to…



Awesome Report of On-going Revival!

by Next Level Worship

Imagine your church leaders saying you don’t need a traditional series of meetings because your church is already IN revival! That’s exactly what happened this past Sunday to a pastor friend of mine. Listen to what he wrote me:  Revival Already Happening! We had a great service with many responding to the altar this morning and one…



Powerful Visual Skit for Worship Service

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John Martin, our VP of Development at Next Level Worship, discovered this incredible dramatic sketch online yesterday. What a powerful way to illustrate the change Christ makes in people’s lives! This is a compelling tool for presenting the Gospel–and a great way to easily involve several people in your church! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvDDc5RB6FQ ShareFollow



Another Article Featured in Pastors.com

by Next Level Worship

Hey everyone, please take a few moments and go to the link below to read Dwayne’s latest article in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. This is the tenth article that the Toolbox newsletter–which has over 180,000 subscribers–has featured of Dwayne’s. We are thankful for our ongoing relationship with Pastors.com. Link to the article: http://www.pastors.com/RWMT/article.asp?ArtID=11215. ShareFollow



Powerful Responsive Reading about the Church

by Next Level Worship

Recently, we put together an effective and rousing “responsive reading” that supported our pastor’s message theme that day about the place and importance of God’s Church. Our entire congregation was on their feet clapping by the end of this stirring experience! Click here to download the PDF of the recitation. We adapted this reading/recitation from an old Bill Gaither recitation. We…



More Thoughts on the Title “Worship Leader”

by Next Level Worship

Recently, someone wrote us the following comment about my article, “Worship Leader Is Still a Good Title.” He said, “Whether worship leader is the most accurate description or not depends on our definition of the word ‘worship.’ If worship is ‘to feel in the heart’ as A.W. Tozer has said, then we may never know if we are ‘leading worship.’…we…



Half-off Praise More Powerful Studies!

by Next Level Worship

                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, we sold out in one day after posting this!  (However, you can email us if you would like to pre-order the to-be-released-in-the-fall version from Group Publishing. Simply email us and tell us how many you would like to pre-order, and we’ll put you on the…



4 New Dramatic Sketches to Enhance Your Services!

by Next Level Worship

My pastor, Randy Norris, has been preaching a series he has entitled, “Why-fi.” I wrote a 3-minute dramatic sketch to support each of the messages. Because of the broad ideas they are presenting, these humorous but thought-provoking skits can be used to enhance any number of sermon topics and services. These are simple to do…



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