1. If a church wants to purchase and use light but effective percussion, what instruments do you suggest?
First, I would suggest a hand drum, like a djembe. Not a conga or bongos, in my opinion, as those take a more specialized skill. A djembe is flexible in several ways: (1) can be...
I was blessed by the worship brought in word and song. However, it was the preparation around the children leaving for Children and Worship that will remain in my memory.
Check out this helpful sound technology training video. After all, some of the most important people in the sanctuary or worship center are those operating the sound and video technology!
We talk about what to sing, how loud the drums should be, how fast the organist plays, and more. But what about conversations around the deep meaning and purpose of worship?
Young and old enjoyed the freedom to sit, to stand, to kneel at the altar, to dance, wave flags, or to stay in the pew. And then a holy moment broke out...
And so as she preached God’s words from Deuteronomy 6 instructing parents, families, and the faith community to pass on the words and stories of God, the children were also present.
An article in the Banner made me more aware of copyright permission and so I'm trying to do it right. Do I need to buy a copyright license (between $200 and $400) to project only 2 or 3 songs?
Every good soccer or basketball team does drills to practice basic skills. What kinds of drills or scales would be most fitting for worship planners and leaders?
Do you stream or podcast your worship service? Do you watch other services to get inspiration and be exposed to new ideas? Keep reading to find out more details, including what is legal.
Though we talk about the meaning of marriage, we rarely discuss what the ceremony itself says about our theology of marriage. In other words, how is a Christian view of marriage expressed in how we get married?
Harry had been coming to church for months, but I didn’t really know him. When he said he was thinking about playing guitar with the worship team, I hope my face did not reveal my incredulity.
When I wanted to join the worship band, I was told (gently) that I needed to spend more time developing my skill. In response, I spent hours each day spending “time in the woodshed”, as my friend likes to put it.
A Millennial shares his take on what will draw his generation to the Church...and you might be surprised. But what do you think? Is Jonathan right?
In any given congregation there are people who have recently lost their mother or father. There are people with strained family relationships. How can we honor Mothers while being sensitive to difficult situations?
When it comes to paying our congregational musicians, most churches are faced with a couple different scenarios. Has your church wrestled with this question?
If every congregation has a liturgy and every congregation has liturgists, doesn’t it make sense to prepare individuals to serve as liturgists?
We felt many members were placing too much emphasis on the style of our music. We needed everyone to focus on the essence of being a church. We saw a music fast as an impactful tool...
For those who work in the church, Sunday is a work day. It’s a high calling, it is kingdom work. But if you don’t get a Sabbath – a true rest day – even church work will drain your soul.
It didn’t take me long to determine that my repertoire doesn’t include a song with lyrics like those written by God in Deuteronomy 32 – and then to ask, “What is God trying to teach me?”
Last summer, though it wasn’t for Lent, our church gave up something bigger than chocolate; we gave up music. Taking a break from music can help a church reach a deeper understanding of worship.
“...the use of themes and sermon series is the new wave in 21st century congregational worship." But then I wondered. Are all series or themes equal? What makes for a good series?
Small group conversations are challenging for hearing-impaired members & small group discussions aren't accessible to the range of cognitive development. How have others tackled this?
Are there any not-so-well-known songs that you’ve used recently? Making room for good songs that aren’t widely used can be an effective way to add theological breadth and musical diversity.
What did you like about this year’s symposium? What did you not like so much? Any ideas for next year? Please take a moment to contribute.
I hope I never hear it again. I hope I never say it again. I hope we can make this phrase totally disappear from the life of our church. You’ve probably heard it…..