Philosophy of Worship

Does your congregation have a ‘Philosophy of Worship’? I recently came across a very well-written philosophy from ‘The Meeting Place’ church. If you are developing your own standards for your worship ministry, this is a good place to start.

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Philosophy of Worship

The guiding definition of worship at TMP is:  Worship is our appropriate response to God’s self-revelation. An encounter with God involves strong and real emotions and clear thinking. The following values provide a center to which we lead, and boundaries that allow innovation to occur in a context of creative confidence.

  1. Invitational and Evangelistic:

A TMP worship experience creates a place were people can encounter and are invited to believe in Jesus Christ.  Guests and regulars alike will know that God is real and reveals his presence among us.  Worship must be Christo-centric, filled with joy, portray the gospel, and invite specific response.

  1. Assume nothing and Explain everything (little | lots)

Our Sunday morning worship experiences are targeted for those who are “exploring Christ” and “growing in Christ”.  To do this affectively we assume a zero to minimal biblical knowledge or Christian worldview.  We recognize that basic Christian vocabulary must be explained often and that people do not have familiarity with even the most basic practices of prayer or public worship. Our aim is to meet people where they are at and move them towards a thriving relationship with Jesus.

  1. Un-distracting Excellence:

We will sing, play, pray and teach in such a way that people’s attention will be drawn to the beauty and truth of the content.  We value excellence as a tribute to God who is the source of creativity, and out of respect for those who have gathered. Bringing our absolute best is what we strive for.

  1. Participation and Performance:

We encourage and anticipate a strong participation during sung worship at TMP.  We value music that is current, singable, and expresses a full range of responses to God.  Sung worship provides an excellent opportunity to teach how we are able to best relate to our heavenly Father. Performance songs are used to create engagement and help elevate teaching themes.

  1. Creative and Consistent

We foster creativity in the arts as an essential part of our worship.  We value creating consistent experiences so that everyone could describe with confidence what a guest would encounter in a worship service should they respond to an invitation to attend.

  1. Honest and Transparent

TMP is a community of broken and restored people. This is valued through personal stories of transformation, illustration of truth using first person experience, and candor that values both grace and truth in the application of scripture.

  1. Christo-centric and Biblical

A TMP worship service does not speak of or address God generically, we name the persons of the trinity specifically: Jesus who saves and reconciles us, the Father who forgives and adopts us as children, and Holy Spirit who indwells us and empowers us for mission. Overall our worship focuses on the person of Jesus Christ. The content of scripture will be woven through all we do in worship, and our singing, praying, poetry, drama, etc. will always conform to the truth of the Bible.  We point out how scripture influences these creative ideas.

  1. Prayer and Connection:

In worship we model and explicitly teach what prayer is and how people can pray. In prayer we direct our concerns about our circumstance and this world to God, and in prayer we become a caring, repenting and renewed community.  Worship gatherings both cultivate corporate prayer, and provide opportunity for prayer ministry to those who would seek it.

Notes:

Audiences we are specifically mindful of in shaping and leading worship:

  • Our worship services will engage challenging content appropriate to both teenagers and adults
  • Our worship services are shaped with the knowledge that there are many people who are exploring Christianity who attend and participate
  • Our worship services consider the spiritual life continuum (exploring, growing, close & Christ centred), and content is intended to engage growth of all by challenging the ‘Growing in Christ’ (the largest part of our community)
  • There are many children and students involved in TMP Kids and Transit, and we must respect the time constraints of leaders and participants in these environments.

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Expectations and Conduct

Vision – We will be people who champion and live out the vision of The Meeting Place: Reordering our lives for the compassionate cause of Jesus in our friendships, city and world

Rehearsals – Will be held on Thursday nights from 7:00PM – 9:30PM and are mandatory.  We do our absolute best to be ready to play by 7PM, this honors one another’s time.  Music will be made available in the correct keys two weeks prior to the rehearsal.

  • We know and understand that we honor and respect one another by coming to rehearsal knowing our parts
  • Guitar players will be in contact with each other to determine parts
  • Vocalist will be in contact with each other to determine parts
  • The Worship Pastor and/or worship leader will make themselves available to address any concerns or answer any questions regarding parts, arrangements, keys, etc.

Sunday – The scheduled band will be at the church ready for sound check/rehearsal at 7AM (Times will change for special services and summer schedule).  The band will also attend the pre-service Blue Room meetings at 8:30AM and 10:20AM.

Availability – It is our desire that Music Team members are serving once per month to gain ownership of and experience the journey/momentum throughout the year

Attendance – We understand that our conduct off the stage will speak volumes to our community and that when in the congregation we are partnering with the scheduled team by leading from where we stand.  Our aim is for 75% attendance, however, we also understand that there are extenuating circumstances.

Lifestyle – As Christ followers we are all called to make disciples.  This implies that as worship leaders we are saying, “Do what I do”.  We do not look for perfection, rather, we look to be people whose lives are pointing to Jesus and living for His Kingdom.

Disagreements/Conflict – Will be handled appropriately and without gossip or slander.  The Worship Pastor will be made available to help resolve conflicts, address concerns and any pastoral needs.

Dress Code – Both men and women will dress in clean, well-fitting and appropriate clothes.

 

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I Wish I Had Learned These Earlier

A teacher once gave these wise words to his senior class. They make a lot of sense.

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1. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.

3. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

5. After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are more hills to climb.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. It is better to fail aiming high than succeed aiming low.

8. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

9. Don’t dumb it down.

10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

12. Never park in front of a bar.

13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.

14. Strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.

16. A suntan is earned, not bought.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

18. All guns are loaded.

19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.

20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.

21. Take a vacation from your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.

22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good it is.

23. You never look good trying to make someone else look bad.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.

25. Follow your heart but take your brain with you.

26. If you want to know what makes you look unique, sit for a caricature.

27. Never get your haircut the day of a special event.

28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.

29. Pretty words are not always true, and true words are not always pretty.

30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.

31. Eat lunch with the new kids.

32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze.

35. If you have the right of way, TAKE IT.

36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.

37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she is pregnant.

40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry, live up to it.

41. Don’t make a scene.

42. When giving a thank-you speech, short and sweet is best.

43. Know when to ignore the camera.

44. Never gloat.

45. Invest in great luggage.

46. Make time for your mom on your birthday, it’s her special day too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.

49. Give credit. Take blame.

50. Suck it up every now and again.

51. It ain’t over till it’s over.

52. Don’t stare.

53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.

54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

56. Admit it when you’re wrong.

57. If you offer to help, don’t quit until the job is done.

58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.

59. Thank the bus driver.

60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.

61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

62. Know at least one good joke.

63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.

64. Know how to cook one good meal.

65. Learn to drive a stick shift.

66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

67. Words are free, it’s how you use them that may cost you.

68. Success isn’t given, it’s earned.

69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.

70. Always thank the host.

71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.

72. Know the size of your boyfriend/girlfriend’s clothes.

73. It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.

75. Keep your word.

76. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for 9 months.

78. Be patient with airport security. They are just doing their job.

79. Don’t be the talker or texter in a movie.

80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.

81. You are what you do. Not what you say.

82. Learn to change a tire.

83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.

84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.

85. Don’t litter.

86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.

87. You won’t always be the strongest or fastest, but always try your hardest.

88. Never call someone before or after 9 AM and 9PM.

89. No one can whistle a symphony, it takes a whole orchestra to play it.

90. Make the little things count.

91. Knowledge comes from learning, wisdom comes from living.

92. There is a fine line between looking casual and sloppy. Find it.

93. You’re never too old to need your mom.

94. Lessons in life will be repeated until learned.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

96. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.

97. Smile at strangers.

98. Make goals.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

100. Don’t be afraid of change, it’s a big part of life.

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Worship Keyboards: 12 Keys To Improving

So you’re playing keyboards for your worship band this Sunday! Here are some proven steps and practices to help you do a great job.

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1. Download the charts & MP’3

  • Get your charts early. Start practicing as soon as the charts are available.
  • Download from PlanningCenter.com or other online sources. (Dropbox)
  • Put the charts on your iPad or print them off.
  • Download the MP3’s and make a playlist or use Planning Center’s Service app and Media player
  • Double check to see what keys you are playing in?
  • What key is the recording in? Transpose the MP3 if necessary.

2. Listen to the original recordings

  • What is the keyboardist(s) playing on the recording?
  • What is the exact tempo?
  • When does the keyboard sit out?
  • What voicing is the player using?
  • What is the musical feel for this song?
  • Is this a keyboard song or guitar based song?
  • What are the lead lines that are important for you to play?

3. What are the best sounds to use for this set?

  • Piano Sound
  • E-Piano sounds (Rhodes & FM)
  • Strings, Pads & Vox
  • B-3 sounds
  • Pipe Organ
  • Ethereal sounds
  • Bass sounds
  • Brass patches
  • Layering

4. What keyboards do you have?

Spend time with your keyboards and mark down your favourite patches and learn how to access them quickly. Create your own user settings.

I’ve used many different Yamaha, Roland, Nord, Korg and Kurzweil synths and pianos. Here is my post on some of my favorites.

5. Should you use computer based sounds?

  • Multitracks.com has great downloadable patches from most of the major worship recordings.  The patches are available for the all main computer based programs.
  • Mainstage ($30) is a comprehensive and inexpensive program from Apple that allows your computer to be your main source. Here is a great tutorial on how to use it. There is also a Facebook page that is a great way to stay current with great sounds: Mainstage Worship Sounds. Here is a link to a video of how Hillsong is using keys on tour.
  • Omnisphere ($500) is a next level computer based program with a huge array of sounds and controls.
  • Ableton ($100-$950) is a very advanced sequencing and sound program that is great for live music. It is available at multiple price points.
  • Here is a great link to help you understand how to set-up your midi keyboard with your computer.

6. Think through the set

  • What sounds do you need?
  • When do you need to change sounds?
  • When do you need to transition from one song to the next and what is the best way to do that?
  • Make corrections to the charts
  • What is the road map? Highlight repeats, D.S. and Coda.
  • Highlight your parts, where do you sit out and where do you solo?
  • Mark in the sounds you need.

7. Practice

  • Use a click or metronome, playing in time is huge!
  • Practice on the keyboard(s) you are using live (if possible)
  • Don’t overplay. Again listen to the recordings, how much is the original player actually playing?
  • Play with the recordings. This will help you play in context.

8. Use strong voicing.

  • Chord coloring: What is the best inversion and voicing for this song.
  • Open 5ths, Add2 (9), add4 (11), sus 4, Major 7, Major 9, Inversions
  • Develop your ear for new chords

9. Band rehearsal: Listen for your place in the song.

  • Are you leading or supporting?
  • Listen for the vocals. What do they need to help support them?
  • Listen to the guitar players. Don’t get in the way if it’s a guitar tune.
  • Don’t overplay the left hand, listen to what the bass player is doing.
  • Find your place in the sonic spectrum.

10. Memorize the tunes

11. Work on your stage presence

  • Sing along
  • Smile
  • Move
  • Look at the audience

12. Worship God

  • Go from just playing music to actually worshiping! Get beyond the music! The most important thing you can do is worship God. 
  • The ‘Actions of Worship‘ are singing, playing, standing, lifting hands, clapping, shouting, dancing, bowing down and giving your life. How are you incorporating these into your worship time (in private and public)?

Check out my new book: “Leading Worship ~ Notes from a Grand Adventure’. It is now available in Kindle or Soft Cover Editions.  This is a great gift for the musician or worshipper in your life.

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A Letter To My Younger Worship Leading Self

Dear Younger Worship Leading Me,

In a few decades you are going to look back at your years of worship ministry with a desire for a second chance to handle some things differently. You will think about certain services, special events, entire seasons of ministry or strained relationships and long for another opportunity to make some adjustments.

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The reality is that it will be impossible for you to go back and make corrections to most of those situations. But with a little humility, resilience and resolve now, you have an opportunity to get some of them right the first time. So here are a few things you are going to learn.

Surround yourself with people who will stretch your thinking and actions but also hold you accountable. Taking necessary risks might cause you to make some mistakes but the discernment of others will help protect you from your own stupidity. It might be exhilarating when you succeed alone but it won’t be when you fail alone. And you will sometimes fail.

People will always remember how you treat them when you’re off the platform more than how you lead them on the platform so know more people’s names than new songs. Consider their interruptions as divine appointments instead of distractions. Drink more coffee with senior adults and ask their opinions before initiating change. Be more patient with needy people and chronic takers. And remember to thank those who make sacrifices to invest in you, your family and your ministry.

Be on the front end of learning newer musical and technological languages. But don’t assume it’s always appropriate to be an early adopter of them. Being conversant in a language doesn’t mean it should be used when it doesn’t fit the voice of your congregation. Learn more theology than musicology and practice leadership development more than you practice your guitar.

Always ask how something might impact your family before asking how it might impact your worship leading. Leave more things at the office when you go home and be home when you are home. Taking a Sabbath each week will not only help your spiritual and physical health, it will also help the relational health of your family. Stay longer instead of bailing for a new place of ministry every couple of years. If your ministry frequently moves your children away from their friends and foundations, then how can you expect them to even like church when they are no longer required to attend?

What you know about worship leading now won’t be enough to sustain you through your entire ministry. So read more, study more and ask more questions. Be a lifelong learner who understands it’s never too soon or too late to learn something new.

Finally, I know it is sometimes overwhelming to balance the stresses of ministry and family. So when leading worship is discouraging; when it seems like no generation is ever completely happy; when you can’t sing too many or too few hymns; and when you wake up on Monday morning and wonder if this is really worth it; you can rest assured that you’ll also be able to look back at those decades of ministry and acknowledge with certainty that it was.

Sincerely,

Your Older Worship Leading Self

By David W. Manner. The original post is here.

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The Lord Has Chosen You

I love this message to the priests in charge of worship:

The Lord has chosen you to stand in His presence,
to minister to Him, and to lead the people in worship
and present offerings to Him. ~ II Chronicles 29:11

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If you are leading worship in your congregation on a regular basis, chances are it is because God has chosen you for that role. He has given you the skill and desire to do the job. So keep growing, keep learning, keep seeking the Lord. It is a sacred calling. Don’t take it lightly. How we lead, the songs we chose and the teams and musicians we develop have a huge impact on our churches.

But, keep your priorities right. Our first priority is to minister to the Lord: to lift our personal worship to the King of Kings, to live a life worthy of His calling. Never neglect your personal worship times. Spend time reading your Bible and spend time worshiping the Lord in your personal times with Him.

It is a high privilege to lead our congregations in praise and worship to the Lord. Let us never take it lightly.

Check out my new book: ‘Leading Worship: Notes from a Grand Adventure‘. This is a great gift for the musician or worshipper in your life! Pick up the Kindle version for only $3.99 and the paper back for only $13.30.

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Dealing With Criticism

Dealing with criticism positively is an important life skill. At some point in your life you will be criticized. Sometimes it will be difficult to accept – but that all depends on your reaction.

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You can either use criticism in a positive way to improve, or in a negative way that can lower your self-esteem and cause stress, anger or even aggression.

There are two types of criticism – constructive and destructive – learning to recognize the difference between the two can help you deal with any criticism you may receive.

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving. ~ Dale Carnegie – How To Win Friends and Influence People

When challenged by another person, it is common to react in a negative manner. Consider how negative reactions make you look – and more importantly how they make you feel.  The way in which you choose to handle criticism has a knock-on effect in various aspects of your life, therefore it is better to identify ways in which you can benefit from criticism and use it to your advantage to be a stronger and more able person.

Constructive and Destructive Criticism

The difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism is the way in which comments are delivered.

Although both forms are challenging your ideas, character or ability, when someone is giving destructive criticism it can hurt your pride and have negative effects on your self-esteem and confidence.  Destructive criticism is often just thoughtlessness by another person, but it can also be deliberately malicious and hurtful.  Destructive criticism can, in some cases, lead to anger and/or aggression.

Constructive criticism, on the other hand, is designed to point out your mistakes, but also show you where and how improvements can be made. Constructive criticism should be viewed as useful feedback that can help you improve yourself rather than put you down.

When criticism is constructive it is usually easier to accept, even if it still hurts a little.  In either scenario always try to remember that you can use criticism to your advantage.

A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. ~ Proverbs 28:13

Dealing with Critical People

Some individuals are critical by nature and do not always realize that they are hurting the feelings of another person.

If you know a person who is critical of everything, try not to take their comments too seriously, as this is just part of their character trait. If you do take negative comments to heart it can create resentment and anger towards the other person, which could damage the relationship.

Remember, people who criticize everything or make scathing remarks to be hurtful are the ones that need help – not you!

The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words. ~ Proverbs 10:32

How you physically react to criticism will depend on the nature of the criticism, where you are and who the criticism is coming from. The key thing to remember is that whatever the circumstance is, don´t respond in anger as this will cause a scene and create bad feelings – and possibly a bad image of you.

Try to remain calm and treat the other person with respect and understanding. This will help to defuse the situation and potentially stop it from getting out of hand.  Show that you are the stronger person and try not to rise to the bait, do not use it as a reason to offer counter criticism.  If you challenge the other person you may start an argument that is probably unnecessary.

Taking the Positives Out of Criticism

We all make mistakes all the time, it is human nature.  As we go through life we have plenty of opportunity to learn and improve ourselves. Therefore, no matter what kind of criticism is aimed at you, analyze it to find something you can learn from it.  In material matters at work, school, church or social clubs for example, try to take criticism on board to help you improve.  When somebody is attacking your character it is hard to accept, but that does not mean you should ignore it.

Also bear in mind that the criticism aimed at you may not make sense at the time. Generally speaking, there is usually some truth in criticism, even when it appears to be given out of spite and bitterness.  It is often the case that a slight on your character is a fair reflection of how another person sees you at that point in time.  Take a step back and try to see things from the other person’s point of view, perhaps ask a friend for their honest opinion – use criticism wisely and as a learning experience.  See if it is possible to learn a little about how others perceive you, you may be able to use criticism to improve your interpersonal skills.

We all learn by making mistakes, and learning how to deal with criticism positively is one way that we can improve our interpersonal relationships and life skills.

Adapted from ‘Skills You Need‘ ~ Author Unknown: The original post is here

Check out my new book: “Leading Worship ~ Notes from a Grand Adventure’. It is now available in Kindle or Soft Cover Editions.  This is a great gift for the musician or worshipper in your life.

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With All Your Heart

I was reading this morning about a very loved and successful king in the Bible… and this phrase caught my attention: ‘a man who sought the Lord with all his heart.(II Chronicles 22:9)

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There are numerous men throughout the Bible who are remembered with that phrase.  Great men like David, Jehoshaphat & Josiah come to mind.

Moses said, ‘What does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases Him, and love Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul.’ (Deuteronomy 10:12)

Joshua told us to ‘love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, hold firmly to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Joshua 22:5)

Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ (Mark 12:30)

So my simple question to you today is, are you following after God with all your heart? Can you say like Paul did, ‘I serve God with all my heart.’

I don’t want it to be said of me, ‘You don’t love Me as you did at first!’ (Revelations 2:4)

My desire is check my heart, renew my passion and be known as ‘a man who sought the Lord with all his heart.And that is my prayer for you today, ‘May you be known as a person who loves and follows God with all your heart.’

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15 Great Reasons To Read The Bible Daily

Studies have shown that the single most powerful catalyst of people’s spiritual growth is personal Bible study and reflection. Here are 15 great reasons to spend time reading God’s words daily.

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  • To be rid of anxiety and have peace  (PSALM  119:165)

Those who love Your instructions have great peace and do not stumble. 

  • To set things right when life is out of control (PSALM 19:7-8)

The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living.

  • To have direction and know God’s will (PSALM 119:105)

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.

  • To experience healing and deliverance (PSALM 107:20)

He sent out His word and healed them,
 snatching them from the door of death.

  • To grow in the Lord  (I PETER 2:2)

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.

  • To have strength comfort and hope (PSALM 119:28,50,114)

I weep with sorrow; encourage me by Your word. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. You are my refuge and my shield; Your word is my source of hope.

  • To shape yourself and your life correctly (PSALM 119:11)

I have hidden Your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against You.

  • To be able to see clearly (PSALM 119:130)

The teaching of Your word gives light,
so even the simple can understand.

  • To know what’s really in your heart (HEBREWS 4:12)

The word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

  • To build faith (ROMANS 10:17)

Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  • To have joy (PSALM 16:11)

You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of Your presence
and the pleasures of living with You forever.

  • To understand God’s power (JOHN 1:3)

God created everything through Him,
and nothing was created except through Him.

  • To have more life in this life (JOHN 10:10)

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.

  • To distinguish good from evil (PSALM 119: 101-102)

I have refused to walk on any evil path,
so that I may remain obedient to Your word.
I haven’t turned away from Your regulations,
for You have taught me well.

  • To understand God’s love for you (JOHN 3:16-17)

For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.

Here is a link to some great Bible reading plans.

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Worship Leaders: 10 Things For Us To Work On

No matter how long I have been leading worship, there are always areas that I need to improve on. When you are doing well, it is too easy to get comfortable. But the truth is, none of us ever arrives. My prayer is that this list challenges you, like it challenges me, to move ahead with what God has called us to do!

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1. Never stop growing

  • Are you practicing your singing and playing on a daily basis?
  • Are you taking lessons and improving your craft and leadership?
  • Are you changing and growing with the new trends, styles and songs?

2. Develop your organizational and admin skills

  • Are you writing (or buying) great charts for your band?
  • Are you running organized and productive rehearsals?
  • Are you creating timely schedules for your musicians and planning ahead on the church calendar?

3. Keep working on a good relationship with your pastor

  • Do you have a regular meeting with your pastor?
  • Are you supporting your pastor in private and public?
  • Have you ever had your pastor and his wife over for dinner?

4. Take time to mentor new leaders

  • Are you looking for and developing the potential leaders on your team?
  • Are you giving room for new leaders to lead a song or worship time?
  • Jesus spent over 3 years developing His team, are you following His example?

5. Develop a great team

  • Do you have a system for bringing along new musicians?
  • Are you developing multiple musicians for each position?
  • How are you helping your team grow spiritually?

6. Learn to pick great worship songs

  • Are you teaching your congregation the great songs from around world?
  • Do you ever go outside your preferences in musical styles?
  • Are you developing a balanced repertoire of fast, medium and slow songs?

7. Increase your passion for worshiping God  

  • Are you keeping it real? Be authentic, are you the same on and off the stage?
  • Are there areas in your life that are holding you back from God’s richest blessings?
  • Do you love the Lord with all your heart and are you a passionate worshipper?

8. Love the church like Jesus loves the church

  • Are you building God’s kingdom or yours?
  • Do you love the people you are leading?
  • Jesus laid down His life for us, are you willing to lay down your life?

9. Love your spouse and family

  • Are you carving out regular time in your schedule for your spouse and family?
  • Are you taking one day off per week?
  • When is the last time you had a date with your spouse?

10. Love and spend time with God daily

  • Are you reading your Bible daily?
  • When is the last time you memorized a Bible passage?
  • How is your prayer life? Are you praying and obeying?

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My NEVER AGAIN List

By Don Gossett ~

Never again

First ~ Never Again will I confess “I can’t,” for –

“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13.

Second ~ Never Again will I confess lack, for –

“My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19.

Third ~ Never Again will I confess fear, for –

“God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – II Timothy 1:7.

Fourth ~ Never Again will I confess doubt and lack of faith, for –

“God has given to every man the measure of faith.” – Romans 12:3

Fifth ~ Never Again will I confess weakness, for –

“The Lord is the strength of my life.” – Psalms 7:1

“The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32

Sixth ~ Never Again will I confess supremacy of Satan over my life, for –

“Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” – I John 4:4

Seventh ~ Never Again will I confess defeat, for –

“God always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus.” – II Corinthians 2:14

Eighth ~ Never Again will I confess lack of wisdom for –

“Christ Jesus is made to me wisdom from God.” – I Corinthians 1:30.

Ninth ~ Never Again will I confess sickness, for –

“With His stripes I am healed.” – Isaiah 53:5

Jesus “Himself took my infirmities and bare my sicknesses.” – Matthew 8:17.

Tenth ~ Never Again will I confess worries and frustrations, for –

I am “Casting all my cares upon Him for He cares for me.” – I Peter 5:7.

Eleventh ~ Never Again will I confess bondage, for –

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – II Corinthians 3:17.

Twelfth ~ Never Again will I confess condemnation, for –

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1.

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