Leading worship is a lot more about serving people, and a lot less about our cool musical chops.
Worship leaders with a servant’s heart are usually the best ones—not necessarily in music/singing, but in prayerfully engaging people with the Lord.
Creativity in worship is a buzz word of sorts of late—especially among worship leaders. We all want to lead worship ‘creatively’.
But most of the time, it only means that we want try out something new, something musically/vocally challenging, or something bigger and usually that something bombs the worship badly—the worse part is we often fail to notice the crash landing and try again next time! READ MORE
The one thing common in news items all over the world (almost) is the amount of anti-Christianity in them! Open Doors reports that just about every major country in the world is turning hostile towards our faith in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. From state condoned violence against Christians by fanatic Hindus in India to liberalism sponsored anti-Christian laws being passed in Canada, we are witnessing tremendous persecution.
In fact, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ (via Open Doors). READ MORE
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
The very first thing God reveals about Himself in the Bible is that He is the Creator of all things. He alone breathes the breath of life into all the living. And amazingly, among all living things, God gives the highest priority to us—human beings. That’s our undeserved gift and privilege we should always be thankful for! READ MORE
While worship needs to be rooted in scripture, it should also embrace local culture, discern social changes and incorporate what is necessary to foster worship.
Take contemporary worship for example: What started out in the Jesus movement surged into the charismatic movement and transformed worship in hundreds of churches. Music (especially of the pop/rock genre) and songwriting have played significant roles over the past 30 years to evolve into what we call contemporary worship. READ MORE
Your hairdo was distracting… the drums were too loud… you talked too much/little… your jeans were too tight…
We worship leaders face our fair and sometimes unfair share of feedback, right?! READ MORE
If the congregation is not involved, it’s music, not worship.
We’ve been there, right? READ MORE
It seems that lots of churches today are dealing with similar problems when it comes to congregational worship. Our congregations are in danger of becoming more like spectators than actual participants.
There are many reasons cited for this shift. I read something once that indicated the more professional and slick the service is, the more unworthy the congregation will feel about participating. What do you think about that? I don’t actually agree with it. If you attend a rock concert, there are not many people holding back, no matter whether they can sing or not. READ MORE
Dear friends in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR), this post is for you.
Because some of you are taking the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and its programmes a bit too seriously. Founded in 1970, SSPX claims to be Catholic but does not accept Catholic teaching—especially anything taught since Vatican II. They bizarrely believe worship should be offered only in the Latin language, oppose ecumenism and in general, shun any kind of progress. READ MORE