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.
The many resources on this page will help your congregation think about worship that is inclusive of all abilities.
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.
In this touching video, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities recite Psalm 139.
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?
A few years ago, a Ministry Q&A was posted on The Network seeking feedback on simple ways for churches to honor mothers and fathers. Discussion encouraged churches to proceed carefully. What does your church do?
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?
In the Christian Reformed Church you sometimes hear people talk about the three forms of unity. Those three forms consist of the Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort, and Heidelberg Catechism.
Three creeds adopted by the worldwide church centuries ago summarize the most important tenets of our faith.
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.
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.