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.
What do the walls in your church tell your congregation---particularly the children---about what you value? Use this idea to make your walls another way to tell God's story.
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…..
Christians like to sing. Among God’s people there are gifted song writers who favored us with the fruit of their hard work. We sing when we have needs and we sing when we have abundance.
Why do most pastors prepare their sermons and most worship leaders prepare their songs, but some of those same individuals choose to wing their prayers?
If vibrant means giving back to God the life he has ignited in you, then I think it can happen in any type of service, of any style.
The documents and resources on this page serve to articulate some foundational principles and beliefs for all we do in worship; foundations that transcend style and context.
PraiseCharts and the Christian Song Competition have whittled the field down to 25 songs and voting is open to the public.
To me, God working for the good of his people, is not exactly the same as working for my good. Does the subjectivity of the word "good" cause you any doubt?
If I had played the recording or had the praise team perform the song, the congregation would not have been a part of it. Without participating, they can not worship
I was in China during the holiday season, and I saw a marquee that said in English, “Lucky Christmas!” How about us? Do we believe in the coming of Christ because of what God can do for us – bring joy, peace, happiness, love?
The songs we sing at Advent and Christmas have some poignant, powerful truths to teach us.
When congregations gather on holidays so many good things happen.
When it comes to worship songs, there's an additional aspect that can make it tough to offer your creation for others to use. Can we offer our original songs and other worship creations, and still remain humble?
TJ has cerebral palsy so being confined to his wheelchair limits his physical activities, but with his absolute fervor for life he is not limited in his possibilities to get involved and be connected.
I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to promoting music that is written for the church body. Can anyone provide guidance on the balance between self-promotion and humility?
When you think of some of your favorite hymns, do you ever wonder what draws you to those hymns in particular? Many of the tunes I love were written by Lowell Mason and William Bradbury.
Kevin Twit wrote that the hymns our grandparents sang and loved, are now finding a place in the set list of today's worship leaders and in the hearts of younger Christians. Like anything that makes a comeback they are not reappearing in exactly the same form.
Space may exhilarate and space may dishearten. How does your gathering space speak to those who enter into it?
I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a hymn or worship song last. What makes it enduring and grab people’s hearts and minds over time and even generations?
Synod 2016 adopted 13 new liturgical forms for use in the churches. Those forms, along with all of the previously approved forms are included in the links below.
Anima: The Forum for Worship and the Arts is a project concerned with including our youth and young adults in worship leadership. Training videos available on their website could be used as discussion fodder at worship committee meetings or planning groups.
When you’re in church singing from the shiny new Lift Up Your Hearts (LUYH) hymnal you’re holding in your hands, it’s all good. All the copyrights and permissions you need are included. Singing from the screen? Maybe not so good.
I raise this question because on the one hand I read in places like the Banner that this is true. But I also read in places like Calvin's Institute of Worship that convergence worship is worship of choice of young adults. How can both of these be true?