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, […]


How Mentoring Can Change Worship Ministry: a Pastor’s Perspective

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

Allow me to introduce to you my friend and boss, Dr. Joel Carwile. Joel is pastor of the 5800-member Valley View Church in southwest Louisville. I’ve been on staff there for the past 9 months as the Worship and Creative Arts Pastor. Below is a conversation Joel and I recently had about mentoring. As you […]


Mentoring Leaders through Worship

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

Did you know that when you and I worship Jesus, God begins a work of change in our lives?  God is in the business of transforming lives. He transforms us from old to new, dead to living, hurting and broken to healed and restored. Jesus told his disciples that he came to mend the broken […]


Mentoring: Good Enough for Jesus, Good Enough for Us

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

When was the last time you took note of someone in your church and thought, “I see potential in that person to grow and to lead”? Jesus moved through crowds of people every day. He not only noticed certain individuals; He called them. For example, He noticed Peter and Andrew casting their net into the […]


10,000 Fathers

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

There are some moments you never forget. Bending a knee at the base of that frigid, windy waterfall, asking Megan to marry me; months later, the first glimpse of my beautiful bride walking down the aisle towards me; and then a year after that, the flood of tears I couldn’t hold back when I announced […]


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