How We “Deepen Our Bench” of Quality Worship Leaders

Deepening the Bench

Part 5 of the series: Building Strong Worship Leaders For the worship ministry of Valley View Church, our end goal is not to produce great worship services, but rather, to produce great worshipers, who will in turn help produce great worship services. Therefore, we have a process for discovering and developing worship leaders. Our process is […]


The Best Gift You Bring to Worship Leading

Building Strong Worship Leaders

Part 4 of the series: Building Strong Worship Leaders Years ago, I served under a Senior Pastor who often told our staff that the most important gift we could bring to the church was a healthy self. I never forgot his words.  Since then, I have come across some worship pastors and worship leaders who clearly […]


Raising Up the Next Generation of Worship Leaders

Building Strong Worship Leaders

Part 3 of the series: Building Strong Worship Leaders Almost every week, I hear from pastors asking if I can recommend someone to lead worship for their congregation. Most of these are smaller churches or new church plants with limited resources. Most of the time I do not have anyone to recommend, and it saddens […]


Changing Your Ministry Culture from Managing to Mentoring

Building Strong Worship Leaders

Part 2 of the series: Building Strong Worship Leaders For the second time this week Joe felt like he had reached the end of his rope.  As the Worship Pastor in a growing church, he constantly felt overwhelmed and under-prepared.  Regardless of how hard he worked, how early he came into the office, or how […]


Want Better Worship Services? Build Better Worshipers

Building Strong Worship Leaders

Part 1 of the series: Building Strong Worship Leaders Worship services are made up of people. I know that’s not news; it’s obvious. Yet, how often do we overlook this important detail? Most of us would like to take our services up a notch or two. But we tend to focus on things like newer […]


To Eve Or Not to Eve… There Is No Question

Christmas Eve Service

A Christmas Eve service can be one of your church’s most meaningful moments, and one of its largest outreach events of the year. Use these two secrets for planning a meaningful community-wide event to honor Jesus’ birth. Secret #1: Early Prep Carefully plan a top-quality program of worship. Forty-five minutes or an hour is ideal. […]


If You Visited Your Church and Didn’t Know the Code

Confusion

Can you imagine what it would be like to walk into your church for the very first time? Not as a veteran church attender or someone steeped in American Christianity, but as a complete rookie to the church experience. As you walk into the lobby you see signs like “Worship Center” and “Connect, Grow, Serve” […]


Going from Small Church to Mega-Church Ministry: How to Prepare

Small to Mega

I recently joined the staff of Valley View Church in Louisville. Prior to coming to Kentucky, I was serving as worship pastor at a church plant in Birmingham, AL. Over the past twenty-five years I’ve served on staff in several different churches. In the majority of those churches I was bi-vocational and the congregations were […]


Up All Night to Get Lucky? (How to Plan Your Preaching More Effectively)

Up All Night to Get Lucky

Everywhere I go I hear that song playing. It’s on TV, radio, at ballgames, in convenient stores – all over. It’s got stuck in my head. I started thinking on the title and reflecting on past experiences and conversations. I started thinking about how many pastors stay up late Saturday night working on their Sunday […]


3 Lessons on the Spiritual Life from Jonathan Edwards

Formed for the Glory of God

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is considered by many to be one of the smartest philosophers and theologians in American history. But more than that, Edwards is one of the great spiritual thinkers as well. Edwards helped the churches in New England navigate the work of the Spirit in the “Great Awakening,” and he continues to help […]


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