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 […]


How We “Deepen Our Bench” of Quality Worship Leaders

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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

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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

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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

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

Part 2 of the series: Building Strong Worshippers 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 many […]


Want Better Worship Services? Build Better Worshipers

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Building Strong Worship Leaders

Part 1 of the series: Building Strong Worshipers 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 songs […]


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