For so many years I fell prey to the “Good morning church, are you excited to be in the house of the Lord!?” routine. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, my greeting was largely intended to elicit a response from the congregation to satisfy my desire for demonstrative engagement. But my prompt was hinged on my words, not God’s.
After decades of choosing, leading and writing worship songs, I was interested to hear Dr. Ron's take on where great worship songs come from. His response was insightful and is a brilliant blueprint for those who desire to write fresh songs of timeless truth for the local church.
Part of shepherding a worship team is time management. Unless you work with pro musicians every week, you probably want to rehearse and even if you have a stellar band, there’s great value in simply being together in community.
Ministry fires aren’t necessarily bad things although they can be. Some fires are indicative of a move of God, others may symbolize chaos, conflict and instability. Different seasons of ministry bring different fires to be managed.
With a lifetime of public music ministry you may think you know all there is to know about Mr. Moen. I was both encouraged, entertained and surprised to learn some new things about Don and the incredible life he’s lived as one of the architects of modern worship music.
The type of acceptable true worship Christ looks for calls for our entire spirit, the totality of all we are, to be actively engaged. The nature of true worship is active, demonstrative and participatory.
You may be surprised to know that when Jesus talked about worship, He said nothing about music. In fact, the Bible is fairly silent on musical style with the exception of God’s love for new songs that express the new things He is doing among His people (Psalm 33).
I thought it would be fun to highlight one album from each of these worship leaders that was influential, memorable or even trend-setting.
It would not be an overstatement to suggest that Integrity Music, specifically their Hosanna! Music series of live worship recordings, influenced and changed the way North America worships.
Your relationship with the senior pastor will ultimately determine the length of your tenure at a church and deeply contribute to how content and fulfilled you are in your job.