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Best of the Blog 2010

Can’t believe today marks the end of 2010. While I should be relaxing, reading, sleeping, or hanging out with my wife, here I am blogging. I’m obsessed 🙂 Well, I wanted to leave you this year with YOUR FAVORITE POSTS from 2010. These were the posts with the highest traffic this year.

Enjoy. And Happy New Year!

 

11 QUESTIONS EVERY WORSHIP TEAM MEMBER SHOULD ASK

In a previous post I talked about questions worship leaders should be asking. Here are some questions if you’re part of a worship team: Am I listening to the other musicians or lost in my own world? Is my heart right with God? Do I hold my ideas loosely and submit to the worship leader?

Read the full post here.

7 DISCIPLINES OF A GOOD WORSHIP LEADER

Yesterday at the Ignite conference I taught a breakout session on 7 healthy disciplines of a good worship leader. I hope these are helpful to you. 1. Lead out of your story

  • Are you leading out of a ‘NOW’ faith or yesterday’s encounter?
  • What has God brought you through?
  • What is God currently doing in you?

Read the full post here.

DATING QUESTIONS

Last night at APEX we tackled the controversial issue of dating. Quite fun. I shared a number of principles that I offer for your viewing pleasure. Much of this is from the teaching of Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church. Enjoy: Christian Dating Principles for Both Men & Women

  • Maximize your singleness for God.
  • The most important thing about the person you are dating is their relationship with God. How are you helping that?
  • Don’t pursue a relationship until you are ready to marry
  • Be reasonable – don’t set your expectations too high or too low

Read the full post here.

5 WORSHIP ALBUMS YOU NEED TO HEAR… IF YOU WANT TO

LESSONS LEARNED FROM 4 GREAT SONGWRITERS

I’m of the belief that the best way for you to become better at what you do is to seize it. Don’t wait for a mentor to approach you, seek out your mentors. As a worship songwriter, I always observe other writing styles – what melody works, what doesn’t, what lyrics are unique, which aren’t, etc. In this post I just wanted to outline a few worship music songwriters that I admire and what I’ve learned from them. My desire is that you use the same curiosity with the music you like and apply what you learn from them. And also, study these guys. They’re the best.

Read the full post here.

THE BEST WORSHIP SONGS…EVER

I always wonder who comes up with this stuff. The best worship songs ever? Who decides? Is this God’s top 50? In all seriousness, what is your current favorite worship song?

Read the full post here.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – MIA FIELDS (HILLSONG)

*Mia Fields is a songwriter from Hillsong Church in Australia. Hillsong wasn’t just given great songwriters… they are people living in community, challenging one another. Songs come out of righteous living, but also out of grace. Why songs?

Read the full post here

HOW TO PLAN A GREAT WORSHIP SET

A great worship set does not just consist in the type of songs you choose, though that is crucial. A great worship set must also have space for the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do. I understand that some reading this post may come from an evangelical tradition that is more liturgical in form and not so contemporary. I hope we can all benefit from these tips:

Read the full post here.

THOUGHTS FROM A TOURING BASS PLAYER ON PRACTICING WELL

I don’t know about you, but I started out with a pretty glamorous view of music. The stage, the lights, the ripping guitar solos; that’s what I saw. What I didn’t often hear was the amount of work it took to get to that point. I was always attracted to the finished product but never wanted to think about the time spent alone home practicing. Well, now we recognize that if we want to be great, it’s going to take some practice. Here are a few points that have helped me greatly in my journey to be deliberate about my practice time. Hopefully they’ll help you in yours.

Read the full post here.

COMMON WORSHIP LEADING BLUNDERS

Besides the ever so subtle shouting of “crap” instead of “clap” from the stage (who has ever done this?) :)there are some common things that worship leaders do that I’d advise against (and I think your senior pastor would appreciate it too).

Read the full post here.

 

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Weekly Wrap-up | Leave a comment

The Weekly Wrap-Up

MONDAY

Common Worship Leading Blunders (Part 2)

Vicky Beeching recently wrote an excellent, thorough blog post on dealing with disasters in a worship set. If you’ve been a worship leader for any length of time, you know encountering a disaster is a “when” not an “if”. Vicky gave some great advice for a variety of situations and I suggest you read it. Whereas my last post was on worship leading blunders you should avoid, I wanted to expand on Vicky’s post to include a few more ‘blunders’ that just seem to happen…and how to recover. Here goes:

Read the full post here.

TUESDAY

What I Am Listening To

WEDNESDAY

A Most Powerful Daily Question

A number of weeks ago I wrote a post on contributing and consuming. Whether you like it or not, you are doing one or the other. You are either taking or giving. You are either watching or participating. You are either criticizing or taking your own risks that add value. This concept leaves us with a most powerful daily question: What will I contribute today?

Read the full post here.

THURSDAY

3 Ways Worship Leaders Can Deal With Discouragement

With my recent posts on worship leading blunders, it’s easy to laugh at the mistakes when you’re in hindsight. You can look back, learn, laugh, and grow to become more humble. But in the moment it’s not so funny. Sometimes when we miss the mark, we get discouraged.

Read the full post here.

FRIDAY

How to Get the Most Out of Reading Blogs

Do you read blogs? Obviously you do because you are are reading this right now. I do a lot of reading but when it comes to reading blogs, I prefer the ones that are brief, practical, and teach me new things. I simply don’t want to read a book when I sit down to read blogs. I like to read fast, archive what is helpful, and apply what is practical. That’s why I write a lot of list posts (they can be scanned quickly) and how to’s (practical). Here’s how I would recommend you read blogs:

Read the full post here.

INTERESTING LINKS:

Freedom + Control = Successful Singing by Chris Beatty

Where’s Your Platform? by Seth Godin

Inspiration is for Amateurs by Steven Furtick

7 Powerful Ways to Get Your Blog Post Noticed by ProBlogger

 

 

 

 

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Weekly Wrap-up | Leave a comment

Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday

3 Ways to Engage Christians in a Worship Service

Recently I talked about how to engage non-Christians in a worship service But what about how to more effectively engage those who are believers? You may be wondering why I’m writing about this so much. I guess you could say it’s important and I’m working hard on it. Many worship leaders are content to crank through a list of songs. As a musician and perfectionist, I have this tendency. But remember, there is nothing more important in your role as a worship leader than engaging the congregation. Success is determined by how many people are with you, not how flawless your performance was. What good is it if you have perfect execution but zero participation?

Read the full post here.

Tuesday

Things That Are Awesome

  • Lincoln Logs
  • French Presses
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Legos
  • Ernest P Worrell

Read the full post here.

Wednesday

Common Worship Leading Blunders

Besides the ever so subtle shouting of “crap” instead of “clap” from the stage (who has ever done this?) :) there are some common things that worship leaders do that I’d advise against (and I think your senior pastor would appreciate it too).

Read the full post here.

Thursday

11 Questions Every Worship Team Member Should Ask

  1. Am I listening to the other musicians or lost in my own world?
  2. Is my heart right with God?
  3. Do I hold my ideas loosely and submit to the worship leader?
  4. Do I speak and play with a spirit of humility?

Read the full post here.

Friday

Thoughts From a Touring Bass Player on Practicing Well

I don’t know about you, but I started out with a pretty glamorous view of music. The stage, the lights, the ripping guitar solos; that’s what I saw. What I didn’t often hear was the amount of work it took to get to that point. I was always attracted to the finished product but never wanted to think about the time spent alone home practicing.Well, now we recognize that if we want to be great, it’s going to take some practice. Here are a few points that have helped me greatly in my journey to be deliberate about my practice time. Hopefully they’ll help you in yours.

Read the full post here.

Helpful Links:

Vicky Beeching on “12 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Songwriting”

Donald Miller on “The Most Impressive Thing in the Room”

Seth Godin on “The One Who Isn’t Easily Replaced”

Bob Kauflin on “Becoming a Better Bass Player”

Bryan Allain on “In Honor of National Ninja Day”

Perry Noble on “15 Books That Have Impacted Me Personally”

Daniel Harkavy on “Elevated Thinking”

 

 

 

December 4, 2010 Posted by | Weekly Wrap-up | Leave a comment

The Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday

3 Ways to Engage Non-Christians in a Worship Service

Do you ever feel a little weird leading worship when there are unbelievers in the room? Imagine how they feel. It’s more than a little weird to step into a room of jubilant people singing weird songs, clapping their hands, maybe dancing, and maybe, just maybe waving the dreaded streamer. I remember the first time I raised my hand in worship (notice I said ‘hand’. Singular. Gotta start somewhere). It was a big deal for me. I also remember the first time I encountered a streamer waving dancing lady. No comment.

Read the full post here.

Tuesday

The Best Worship Songs…Ever

I always wonder who comes up with this stuff. The best worship songs ever? Who decides? Is this God’s top 50?

Read the full post here.

And…

Recommended Books for Worship Leaders

Wednesday

How to Practice Better – Worship Leading

In a previous post I talked about how important practice is. But not just practice…deliberate practice – practicing those things that will make you more effective at what you do. When we think practicing we typically think of pianists and football players. But what about something like worship leading? How do we practice that? Yea, I could try to lead worship more often but what about those times when I’m by myself?

Read the full post here.

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday

Do You Contribute Or Merely Consume?

Something that I’ve noticed about this generation of young adults is that we are very good at consuming and criticizing. We consume media, teaching, church, and information. And then we spend time venting our opinions on it all. Contrary to what you think I might say, this can be a good thing. We are looking for what is real. We want honesty on display and we want to join with those who are making a difference.

But…

Read the full post here.

Interesting Links:

Vicky Beeching talks about “10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Leading Worship”

Seth Godin on “Where Do Ideas Come From?”

Steven Furtick on “A Ministry Momentum Killer” & “3 Things This Generation Demands”

Brad Lomenick on “5 Tips for Communicating Well”



November 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized, Weekly Wrap-up | Leave a comment

The Weekly Wrap-Up

I’m beginning a new tradition here on the blog: The Weekly Wrap-Up. This is simply a way for you to view my posts from the past week in case you missed something or want to review. Enjoy.

Monday

How to Turn Setbacks into Stepping Stones

There is something that I believe with all my heart. There are no setbacks for the man or woman of God. Only stepping stones. “What are you talking about,” you may ask?

Read the full post here.

Tuesday

10 Tips for Great Arranging

Ever been in a worship team situation where all you hear is a mess of noise? Each musician in the band seems to be the captain of their own planet, ignoring the rotation of all the others. This is all too common for musicians to show off what they can do instead of submitting to what a song really needs. Since I’ve already addressed the need for both preparation and spontaneity, I want to focus on one very important aspect of preparation; and that is the arranged song.

Read the full post here.

Wednesday

Which Drink Are You?

My post for this morning may seem vain at first sight. But this is for real. No joke. I’m sitting in Starbucks and I’m baffled once again by how much money people pay for coffee. I mean, people stop in here 2-3 times a DAY for their drink. Starbucks is an experience so many people can’t miss…daily. Amazing. I’m probably a once or twice a week Starbucks drinker (since we use a fabulous Keurig at home).

Tell me your favorite drink here.

Thursday

Do You Disciple Your Worship Team?

What I love most about leading worship (I guess besides actually worshiping God) is making disciples. Each member of the worship team is someone called by God whom I have the privilege of pouring into. I believe sometimes we can short circuit what God wants to do through our worship team because we give excuses. “I can’t afford to hire good musicians.” “I just don’t like asking him all the time.” “This schedule is just too busy for people.” “There’s too many services at this church!” Or we just get into ‘weekly maintenance mode’ and lose the big picture of what we are doing.

Read the full post here.

Friday

A Songwriter’s Arsenal

As a guy who writes songs for my church to sing, I’m always trying to improve. Here are a few things I use that assist me in my songwriting process. Hope this helps.

Read the full post here.

 


November 21, 2010 Posted by | Weekly Wrap-up | Leave a comment

   

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