Is Your Ministry Position A Perfect Fit?

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Shapes Toy

Several years ago I had a church search committee member call me to come to work for them.  This gentleman was the second caller of two from the same place.  Both were charged with the mission of convincing me to make a career move.  While it was an honor to be sought after, I knew […]


Defining Worship (Part 2)

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Worship

I’ve written two definitions I suggest for worship. I’ll unpack each of them in this article. “Christian worship is the response of God’s redeemed people to His self-revelation that exalts God’s glory in Christ in our minds, affections, and wills, in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Christian worship…is different from every kind of worship […]


Defining Worship (Part 1)

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Worship

Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) once said “Every definition is dangerous.” That may explain why when we try to define a word simply and precisely we often end up missing significant aspects of the word we’re defining. Attempts at explaining worship as “love,” or “intimacy,” or “relationship” say something true, but end up leaving out […]


The Power of Pastors Praying Together

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Pastors Praying Together

There is nothing like seeing pastors praying with other pastors. I just returned from Little Rock, Arkansas, where I led a prayer gathering for 304 Arkansas pastors, church staff members, and ministry leaders. In light of this, I am reminded again of the value of praying with other pastors. Prayer between pastors is needed Every […]


Worship Leaders, Lead In Awe This Easter!

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Awe Inspiring

One quiet morning a few weeks ago, I decided to take some time to pray alone in our sanctuary. But as soon as I sat down on the front row, my mind began racing about all the stuff that still needed to be done before our Easter services: “How will the lights be set?” “Where […]


How to Develop Your Worship Team Into True Servants

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

Our goal for church musicians and worship teams should be that they become ministers through music. It isn’t enough to be good musicians or great performers. Worship teams need to minister. Ministers through music have some excellent and unique characteristics. Imagine a worship team who’s passionate about what they’re doing, with a clear sense of […]


What Churches Can Do To Ensure Visitors Return The Sunday After Easter

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Baptisms on Easter

Troy Page recently noted on TonyMorganLive.com, “Remember that the win is not how many people show up for Easter –  it’s how many people come back.Shoot for 75% of your Easter crowd.” This morning I was sitting in our church parking lot waiting on my daughter to get out of her high school small group.  Waiting gave me […]


How to Get the Most Growth Out of Your ‘Big Days’

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Rick Angel Stadium

Last week, I wrote about the 9 reasons why your church should make the most of ‘big days’ for growth. And I told you that ‘big days’ have been very instrumental in Saddleback’s growth over the last 34 years. We’ve learned the art of pyramiding growth through special days. But how? How do we maximize those […]


Teach Your Team for a Change

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

Part of the Building Strong Worshippers series The Apostle Paul provided a succinct summary of the roles of church leaders. In Ephesians 4:12, he said church leaders exist “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Equip can also be translated train, teach, or prepare. […]


Worshipping In the Powerful Presence of God

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Kayla Bailey

Guest artist Kayla Bailey leading worship at Grace Hills Church. What does it mean to worship “in the presence of God”? Sometimes we take our terminology for granted. After all, isn’t God always present everywhere? And in reaction to our feel-good, experience-driven culture, many church leaders conclude that we over-rate the importance of the weekend experience. Perhaps, […]


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