• I've received a number of requests for chord charts this week. Where do I direct people? SongSelect? Well...maybe. But there's a long list of frustrations with their charts. So where else?

    You can start with 
    Ad Lib Music's collection here. 


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  • Dear God,


    I’m having a crisis of sorts. The last two weeks, my multitracks haven’t been working on Sunday morning. The first week, I checked the cables, restarted the app, switched the DI, checked the snake, and even dug into the input/output section on the mixer. Turned out that I had updated to iOS 12 and the app needed to be updated as well. The next week, the same issue was there AGAIN! I started troubleshooting and after burning about 10 minutes of precious time, I realized that the stereo/mono button on the DI was the problem.


    Wait, why are You laughing God?


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  • There were 7 of us worship leaders sitting around the table from different congregations. As we shared our recent highs and lows, several leaders' lows were lamenting that they had either just lost key musicians or were having trouble filling their teams completely.

    Sometimes it can seem like good musicians are the unicorns of worship ministry, right?!

    That's when I thought of my friend Jon. He is a systems ninja, a systems genius.


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  • We’re having the sheer joy of coaching a church plant that launches this week. We’ve been meeting with their team of players and singers for rehearsals the last several weeks.


    At one of the first ones, the leader led us in a moment of stillness before diving into the music.


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  • I was eating breakfast with Rick, and he told me his team practices improvising.

    What? How?

    I had to know!


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  • "Variety is the entrée of life!"

    Um. I don’t think anybody ever said that.

    The real saying is "variety is the spice of life."

    A little spice goes along way. How does this apply to your worship leading in the songs you choose and how you do things?


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  • I sat at at my local coffee shop, waiting for my access on the internet superhighway to rocket me past the on-ramp. As a regular "Guest Folklorian," I’m used to decent speeds.

    But today was different.

    Everything was just going slowly. I felt like I was being spinning-wheeled to death. Like I was back in the days using WebCrawler to google stuff.

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  • "Performance" in church is talked about like it should be bleeped.


    "Worship is NOT a performance" says the person who is detecting fakeness in an entertainer acting like a worship leader.

    "Worship is NOT a performance" says the elder when the electric guitar player gets too flashy (in alternate picking speed or facial contortion).

    "Worship is NOT a performance" says the Priest Archetype when the Artist Archetype asks for more time to work on a section of the song.

    "Worship is NOT a performance" says the Shepherd Archetype when the team member bristles at having to wait before starting to play at rehearsal.

  • Every Sunday at 11:45 AM, this reminder pops up on my phone:


    AFFIRM YOUR TEAM


    Not because I’m so noble-minded. Because I’m not.


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  • Later today, I’m meeting with a worship leader who is no longer in his former role. Happily, it’s for good reasons. And hooray, he’s even still involved in the worship ministry.

    But it still a change.

    And I’ve been involved in circumstances where a leader’s exit isn’t easy, healthy, or productive.

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  • In the 90’s there was this shift in the Church. We called it being “Seeker Sensitive,” meaning that the church tried to be sensitive to those who were not believers or followers of Christ, but still seeking “in their journey.”


    This meant that Aunt Sally could no longer sing her painful-to-listen-to solos. It meant we didn’t use insider Christianese when speaking from the front. It meant we chose music that wouldn’t sound foreign to unchurched ears. It meant we tried to not do things that would make us cringe if we had finally managed to bring our unsaved coworker to a service. It meant that we were simply aware that there were those in the room that weren’t yet part of God’s family and that we should do something different because of it.


    And I think it was helpful.


    The scriptures are full of commands and accounts of people seeking God. However, (dun, dun, duuuun)...


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  • Not every church has the same top 20 songs. Not even close! Every church is so unique.

    I mean, there are probably the few songs that every church has done multiple times in the past year...like This is Amazing Grace and 10,000 Reasons (but watch me be wrong!)

    Why am I telling you this? Well, I recently guest led at a church and chose to lead four (out of five) songs that I’ve never led before.

    And when you magnify something, you notice new details.


  • Our family of eight still has only one vehicle: a Honda Pilot. That means that sometimes we get creative with our scheduling and transportation.


    On one such occasion, we played musical cars with my Mom. I dropped my family off at her house (along with the Pilot), and drove her car to the church where I was guest leading. They would take our car to Mom’s church. (Most times, we all go together, but sometimes it just works better this way.)


    Our plan was to reunite at Mom’s after church for lunch.


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  • You might think this Fertilizer is about how to find enough people to schedule a complete band this summer...with everyone on vacation and all.


    It’s...maybe related, but it’s not.


    If you’ve ever lamented "I can’t ask any more of my team...they’re only volunteers," then read on.


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  • "How do you deal with pastors who desire to use CCM music instead of praise and worship all the time?" he asked.


    Whether this is your question, or yours is more of what key to do a song in, what version, or how many new songs, or...any other repertoire related question, the foundational question to ask is:


    What is your church's vision?


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  • Started out this morning in the usual way. I woke up with a song in my head. It was Paul Oakley‘s "Because of You." So I listened to it, because that’s what I do when I have a song in my head. 


    It says:


    There’s a place where the streets shine with the glory of the Lamb.

    There’s a way we can go there, we can live there beyond time.

    No more pain, no more sadness, no more suffering, no more tears

    No more sin, no more sickness, no injustice, no more death

    There is joy everlasting, there is gladness, there is peace

    There is wine ever flowing, there’s a wedding, there’s a feast


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  • The worship leader continued on with his set list. But the congregation had checked out.

    I know, I know. It’s never happened at my church either.


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  • More and more worship teams are beginning to play with a click.

    You might be scared that your leader will suggest it, are scared because your team suggested it, or are scared in thinking about how your team will react/has reacted to it if you suggest it.

    Or you’re using
     it and loving it.

    Or you think it’s the worst thing in the world and are sworn to never use it.

    Here’s the thing: A click gives the team both a common pulse AND a common thing to follow.


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  • Last week, we answered a worship leader’s question:


    "Can you help worship leaders know how to approach and address such types of dynamics in a way that builds teams and individuals, but doesn’t avoid necessary conversations?"


    My first answer is to give direction before you start the song. But the second (and most important answer) is HOW. (Click here to read last week’s Fertilizer)

    At Ad Lib, we teach worship leaders to be well-balanced leaders who can adjust their approach based on the needs of their teams and congregations.


    The framework we created is called the Five Faders.


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  • A worship leader sent me this question:

    "Our team has been growing in building musical dynamics that really create openings for people to enter in."


    Stop right there! I’ve never heard it said quite like that "Musical dynamics create openings for people to enter in." There’s so much there, but let’s keep reading.

    "Can you help worship leaders know how to approach and address such types of dynamics in a way that builds teams and individuals, but doesn’t avoid necessary conversations?"


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  • Last week, our inboxes were inundated with emails from companies about their "Updated Privacy Policy" due to the GDPR, whatever that is. I got over 35 of them...one from Elevation Worship as I typed this!


    Annoying to say the least.


    But we too can easily focus on our own needs that we don’t realize their impact on others. We miss out on what’s really important. Right? So what am I doing to my congregation, team, or leaders that feels the same way to them?


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  • The feeling you get when you have smudges on your glasses, or your contacts get so COATED IN POLLEN that they’re cloudy (amidst tears) is not any fun.

    Thing is, trying to see a way to get your team to grow musically can be like that. You blink, but just can’t see the way forward clearly.

    Annoying as pollen in the spring. #HatersGonnaHate

    Puts a damper on your whole outlook when you have the same musical snags week after week.


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  • Everyone has ideas about the next new song to introduce.

    Everyone has some criteria for their choice.

    You’re going to learn to be GREAT about choosing new songs to have your congregation sing! Here’s how.

    Two words: 
    Objective Awareness


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  • What has been getting me out of bed on these cold, dark winter mornings?

    The anticipation of hearing Psalm 23 again. Really.

    On the twenty-second of November, I responded to a challenge. A forty day challenge that Louis Giglio gave me in the eighth chapter of his book Goliath Must Fall:

    Every morning before I've done anything and every evening after I've done everything, I either listen to or read Psalm 23. 
    Very first thing, very last thing. I've done this every day for the last four months.


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  • Once you use iPads rather than paper charts for a month, you’ll never want to go back. Why?

    • You don’t need to make copies.
    • You’ll never file again.
    • The wind doesn't blow your charts away.
    • You can change keys on the fly.
    • You have a built-in metronome.
    • You can make notes just like on paper.
    • You can listen to recordings right from Planning Center Online.
    • You can even sync the iPads so that when the leader switches pages, everyone else’s pages switch.
    • You can lose those BIG black music stands. (removing barriers between your team and the congregation)
    • You can see your music even in the dark.
    • You will never shuffle paper on your stand again!

    Convinced?


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  • This weekend I was feeling down. I literally said to my wife Heather "Babe, do you think life will ever click, click, click and feel like it's all right again?"


    I felt like we were on this parallel track to what our lives should be...only a few clicks away from where "right" was. 


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  • How much energy do our teams expend in engaging and encouraging our congregation (versus performing and simply worshiping personally) when leading worship?

    It was a question that sparked a discussion at a recent meeting of worship leaders. My coffee started off hot and when we finally came to some resolution, the coffee had reached the temperature of the room. 

    So "Is it enough if the team plays the music well and worships while they do it?"


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  • The Body of Christ is changing the world.

    Yesterday morning, I sat in a circle of leaders. We mourned, we shared, we prayed, we cried, we strategized, we partnered. It was beautiful.

    A week ago, one of the worship leaders in the group was in a terrible accident and has been in ICU. (you can follow Jonny's story here.) 


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  • I looked in the mirror this morning.


    Peeking out from my cool flannel, was a face. Sending me a reminder.

    It was a face that resembled many a worship leader. Intense. Pained. Passionate. Striving.


    Striving?


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  • I was reading my daily scripture passage when something from Luke 22 stuck me. The disciples are tasked with something like making a huge Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Or like planning a big Christmas Eve service. And verse thirteen simply says "So they prepared the Passover."


    I stopped and asked "Wait. Does that mean that the (soon-to-be) world famous twelve apostles cooked a meal and put the forks out? Did they even know what side of the plate the forks go on?!"


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  • People that change the world don't go it alone. I like the saying "To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together." Sure it will be messier, but so much sweeter. (who wouldn't rather a s'mores than a paper plate with a dry marshmallow, right?)

    Next Tuesday (October 31, 2017) is the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his list of 95 Thesis to the Castle Church door. (I bet the trustees had some "words" with him!)

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  • You show up to rehearsal, all pumped and ready. And then you hand your guitar player a chord chart in Bb. The look on his face tells you how flat this rehearsal is really going to be!

     

    There are a handful of guitar players out there that can either transpose in their heads (well) or can actually play barre chords (well). And your team might be conversant in the Nashville number system, in which case you don’t need this Fertilizer.

     

    But the majority of us might be saying “there’s gotta be a better way to do this!” Outside of taking the time to scratch off the printed chords and write in the new ones (only to have them squinting to read them as they hack through the song), here’s the solution:


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  • Daily bible reading. What a cool way to be a tree planted by streams of living water, right?!


    We all can struggle with serving. Here's some real encouragement to keep you on the right track for a long time!


    Watch this video.

  • I've been eating at Chili's since...my college days! Bottomless chips and chicken crispers have been my go-to. I always ask for an extra side of honey mustard dressing for the fries. (don't judge)


    I had an amazing conversation with a new friend yesterday as I enjoyed that very meal. We even ate more chips after our main course was done. And it was a late lunch too.


    I got home, and within an hour my wife asked me to start supper prep.


    Oh boy.


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  • A Three-Line Projectionist Job Description (No. 118)

    The beloved person providing lyrics for the congregation to sing is like the silverware at a meal. I mean, you can eat the food without silverware, but it sure is a lot messier. But as vital as this role is on the worship team, it can be hard to put it into words that are clear and succinct. Here’s my shot at it:

    1. Show up early
    2. Be easy to read
    3. Inspire worship

      Simple as that. Now let me unpack it a tiny.


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  • The Traffic Cop (No. 117)

    Have you ever noticed how incredibly clear and decisive a traffic cop is? I mean imagine if you came to an intersection and he was like “Um, yeah you can go now. Oh wait! No let this other guy go first. No wait…! Accidents would happen, wouldn’t they?!

     

    When the drummers on our worship teams don’t signal sections, it's like you're sitting at an intersection and the officer directing traffic isn't clear. Everybody hesitates and there are accidents. The leader makes the call for the arrangement, and the drummer communicates those calls to the band.

     

    The drummer’s basic job description (beyond keeping time) is to signal sections, to direct traffic.


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  • TSF = Timely Specific Feedback (I dare you to do this!) (No. 116)

    I recently jumped in to lead worship at a church where the worship leader was out with an emergency surgery. (I'm pretty sure the hair plugs took) 😇 

    Since they record their services on video, I want to take the opportunity for us to learn about giving and receiving feedback.


    Would you be willing to watch this video of me leading worship and give me feedback? Risky, I know.


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  • How many times will you lead worship in 2017? (No. 115)

    I took stock. I noticed. I paid attention. I realized that I've been leading three to four Sundays a month over the past twelve months. That was ok for then.

    But it was time to change.

    It was time for other leaders to step up and be launched.


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  • How To Establish A “Team Culture” With Your Worship Leaders (No. 114)

    The worship leaders at your church probably rarely meet together. Oh, they see each other at church. They may occasionally play on each other’s teams. They might even be a part of the same small group.

    But they just don’t journey together as worship leaders.


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  • I'M SORRY, BUT YOU CAN'T SING WITH US 😭 (No. 113)

    I recently received this question from a pastor:

    "How do you describe the minimum level of vocal ability that a person needs to possess before they will perform on a Sunday morning? As you might guess, this is prompted by a church member who very much wants to sing with the team, but frankly probably falls below the standard of what we would like to have on stage...."

    Important question, right?! A simple, unemotional, yet empathetic, clear criteria is so important in this area. The way I like to go about it is something like this:


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  • Buy a dB meter...for the CONGREGATION! (NO. 112)

    Have you ever tried to actually measure how loud the congregation sings?

    You may have heard of dB meters or decibel meters. They're little tools that audio techs can use to measure how loud the sound system is. (to be fair, that's an oversimplification...there are many factors that can make a reading of 82 dB sound much worse than 92 dB...but that's a different Fertilizer, or you can ask Chris to go deeper)


    But have you ever, EVER(!) considered using a dB meter to track the congregation's volume output rather than the loudspeaker's volume output?


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  • What happens next is up to you (No. 111)

    Each week, you receive this Fertilizer. It helps your thinking about worship. It equips your hands to play better. It helps you keep the main thing the main thing. It nourishes your life as a worshiper and team member.


    That's our hope in giving it to you!


    And yet, maybe you're a worship leader that is caught in the unrelenting cycle of leading weekly worship gatherings while managing songs, arrangements, schedules, teams, relationships, and life.


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  • Serving The Song (No. 110)

    The best way to play better music, get along with your teammates, serve the congregation well, and enjoy it all is...what? How would you answer that?


    I answer that question with a little phrase I once heard called "serving the song."


    We're heard of serving the Lord, serving our congregation, serving our team, serving our leaders, but...serving the song? Isn't the song just a tool?


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  • Did We Buy The Wrong Model? (No. 109)

    The measure of a worship leader’s success is not better services, but building worshippers."


    Today I'm sharing an article written by my friend Tony Stoltzfus (and yes, I had to check that I spelled it right). He's a coach, author, and a long-time subscriber to the Fertilizer.


    This one may make you ask questions you haven't asked before or they may give voice to a growing discomfort you have deep inside. It might make you uncomfortable. You might really disagree with what he says. I trust that it will help you think well about leading worship.


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  • The Secret To Piano For Modern Worship (No. 108)

    I'll get right to the point.

    If you want to play piano in modern worship, there's one primary word to help you: LESS.

    Sometime when I'm worshiping at the piano, my kids will join in. Here, Clementine was sitting on my lap...singing (read: melting her Dad's heart!) With one hand I played. The other was wrapped around her.


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  • What Would Happen In Your Church If You Sat Down? (No. 107)

    The worship leader announced the song, started it, and then sat down in the pew with the rest of the team. The lyrics kept scrolling on the screens. Would the congregation keep singing?

    What would happen in your church?*

    Worship requires something from us.


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  • How To Lead A Room That’s “All In” (No. 106)

    We ended the song with the entire room singing loudly. It was a reflection of what was happening in their hearts – they were “all in!” 


    If you’ve never experienced leading a room like this, run and sign up to lead at a pastor’s meeting, or have a dozen worship leader friends over, or volunteer to lead at the next National Worship Leader Conference. (just kidding about that last one)


    But experiences of gathered worship like this “ruin us for the ordinary.”


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  • How To Practice Your Instrument Without A Band (no. 105)

    At a recent conference, we were asked the following question:


    How do I better prepare to play bass without a team so that I can show up to rehearsal prepared? (I feel like I'm more prepared when I get to play with the team)


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  • Get The Paddles Out (No. 104)

    I was leading worship at this church. I greeted the assembled worshipers and… got back a very wimpy response. I felt like I was looking at a room of corpses. It wasn’t that I was expecting them to cheer, but I did want the Body of Christ that had gathered to have at least a breathing expectation that God would meet us. This is what I did next.


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  • Actually Believe (No. 103)

    This is unscripted and unpolished. A bit passionate, it's from my awakened heart. I hope it propels us into faith-filled action!


    (Watch the video...)

  • Hymns Are Old Burned Up Plastic Bottles (No. 102)

    But before you unsubscribe, let me tell you a little story.


    I was tucking my son into bed the other night, and I noticed some trash on his bunkbed shelf. It was the remains of an old, burned up, plastic coke bottle.


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  • Worship Team Retreat (No. 101)

    Happy New Year! Lots of possibilities lie ahead for us as we begin a whole new year together. Here's one of my favorites: Worship Team Retreats!


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  • How Healthy Is Your Team? (no. 100!)

    As we approach the end of 2016, I encourage you to take a moment between sips of 'nog (stay tuned for a killer recipe) to reflect on the state of your team's relationships.

    Use these simple questions to jumpstart your process:

    • Do you eat together? When was the last time you had a team member over for dinner?
    • How do you feel at the end of a rehearsal or service?
    • How do you hammer out arrangements as a band?
  • Survive Christmas (No. 99)

    If you're at a "Christmas-Programming-Heavy" church, you might need this perspective from my beautifully bearded&bald friend Mike O'Brien. It's gold!


    (watch it here)

  • Why (Else) Do We Sing? (no. 98)

    I recently flew to Nashville. During the flight, I was reading the Psalms out loud to be a witness to those around me. No, not really. But as I read (silently), something lit up inside.

     

    Have you ever wondered why we sing as Christians? Sure, to praise God. And this is certainly accurate and fitting. He is eternally worthy of every song of praise that will come from our lips!

     

    But wait, there's more!


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  • How To Get Your Techs To Show Up Early (No. 97)

    The audio tech is likely the most under-appreciated, yet most vital roles in a church worship service. I know the times that I've filled that role, I leave feeling like I wasn't even at church that day...there was so much to pay attention to!

    Being an audio tech has two main components:

    1. Technique (the science, the art, the know-how, the ear)
    2. Attitude (the I-love-people, the I-really-care-about-the-details, the I-get-totally-stressed-out-if-I'm-not-set-up-in-time-for-when-the-band-shows-up, the is-there-anything-else-I-can-do-to-help-you-feel-more-comfortable?)


    Technique is pretty easy to teach. Attitude? (exhale) Sometimes all you need is a little metaphor to help the tech understand.


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  • HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO "WORSHIP" SINGING O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM?! (NO. 96)

    Last Sunday marked the end of the Church calendar year.


    This Sunday launches the beginning of a whole new year of celebrations, feasts, and..."ordinary time." But first, we start with Advent! It's a season of anticipation.


    Advent has its own music...and with it it's own joys (and concerns). Some of us love Christmas music. Some of us love singing it in church worship services. Some of us can't bear the thought.


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  • 7 Fundamentals Of Great Worship Music (No. 95)

    On the night the 2016 World Series kicked off, another sport began its season. I've always been a big Spurs fan. Even when they were terrible. Like before the David Robinson era terrible. In the 80's, my small Christian school basketball team played against another school on the Spurs' court and then got to stay to watch Spurs play. I was hooked.


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  • I can worship better when I'm on stage (No. 94)

    "I can worship better when I'm on stage." Have you ever said that? I have. Most worship team folks I've talked to echo the struggle that they have in those (sadly) rare moments when they're standing in the congregation for worship.


    But wouldn't we be able to lead more effectively if we learned what it takes to be engaged when in the congregation? Everyone we're leading, after all, is...in the congregation, not on stage. Stay with me...it's really going to help us lead better.


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  • cross pollinate (no. 93)

    Seasonal allergies aside, I think this is a great idea.


    Do you have a traditional and a contemporary service with separate teams for each?Get your teams together! Have a team gathering with everyone that serves in BOTH services. See, right now it's likely that there are two cultures, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.


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  • Be Together (no. 92)

    Be Together. What if this was the banner over your music and tech teams? Not likely the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about church tech and music teams, is it? We more likely think of these when we consider our production values for weekend gatherings:


    Be Better. Be Excellent. Be Unique. Be Relevant. Be Bigger. Be Amazing. Be Passionate. Be Inspired.


    “Be Together” looks a bit like the youngest, smallest brother of the big, obvious choices above. But being the “David” of the group may be just what God has in mind.


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  • We Need Hills (No. 91)

    Over the winter, I'd been riding my stationary bike. It gave me time to watch teaching videos on my iPad while getting some much needed exercise.


    I got the bike for free on Craigslist, so it's a pretty simple bike. I can raise or lower the resistance by two up/down buttons on the handles. But I treat those level buttons like your average rookie church sound guy - I set it and forget it. (but that's for a different Fertilizer)


    I keep it one manageably consistent level.


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  • Draw Near In The Wildie (no. 90)

    I found an old recording of a journal entry of mine from 20 years ago. Seems like I was in a wilderness.


    Then it hit me: I'm in a wilderness season now! About 18 months ago I responded to a call that was clearly from the Lord, and it's landed me smack in the middle of a classic wilderness. It would've been a harder choice to get on the bus if the ticket would've said "Destination: Wilderness" on it. Nevertheless, here I am. Has this ever been true for you?


    What do I know about the wilderness?


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  • 1,300 Little Finish Lines (no. 89)

    My pastor is a college prof and he just finished the semester. He turned in his grades and closed the book on a job well done. He felt so great that he baked bread. That's how you know when he's really celebrating and is experiencing euphoria. He bakes cinnamon swirl raisin bread. And it's heavenly...I'm told. (let's see if this works)


    But when was the last time you felt like that as a worship leader?


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  • Your rescue from despair: Isaiah 9 (no. 88)

    What's your go-to when things are swirling around you? Take five minutes and let this settle you.


    (Watch video...)

  • I had tears coming down my face. In fact, I almost had to pull over. The song on the radio had taken me to a place with Jesus of nearness and love. I was singing right to Him...to the very last note.


    Have you been there?


    But then, my moment was shattered. The DJ burst on the air giving THE NAME OF THE ARTIST AND SONG, THE STATION CALL LETTERS, AND THE PROMISE OF MORE MUSIC...AFTER THIS! It’s like he wasn’t even listening to the song. He clearly didn’t know where I had just been. It felt insensitive and violating.


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  • It sounds impossible, but it happens every week at your church. You try to create music in a style that is different from the one in which it was written. You try to play modern songs with traditional ways of thinking. And it’s not pretty.


    I was listening to my friend Geoff Twigg teach a band workshop at last month’s training event with The Worship Link, and he said something that articulated a pitfall I’ve seen over and over. It was brilliant, really.


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  • Maybe you’ve never wondered if your church should be “worship-driven.” In Matthew 16, Jesus asked His disciples how relevant to the culture He was. Then He got in their faces and asked them what personal revelation they had of Him. Their testimony? “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” He proceeded to make a standard-creating, normative statement. I’m going to build My church on My revelation and not even a church split will be able to defeat it. Sure that’s my paraphrase, but you get the idea.


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  • Where's the rest? Well, we're slowly bringing them over from our old pages, but you can get access to all of them here: http://bit.ly/WFArchive

  • Have you ever been frustrated, confused, or saddened by a lack of response from the congregation that you’re leading in worship?


    What can you do about it? And how do you know you’re even working on what’s really causing it? Well, let’s talk about just two of the dynamics.


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  • What defines me?


    What I wear?

    Where I’m from?

    What I know?

    Who I know?

    What I do?

    What I’ve done?

     

    No.

    These things shape me, and more interestingly,

    They reveal what defines me.


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  • "If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less." 


    I mean ouch, Dave! This quote from General Shinseki in Tom Peters book "Re-Imagine!" always challenges me to fight through the pain so I can enjoy the fruit that embracing God-directed change brings.


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