Sales of Christian music are down between 16-19% in the first quarter of 2014. This is a reflection of the whole music industry, where almost every genre of music in both physical and digital formats is decreasing in sales. There is a massive shift towards streaming music sites like Spotify, but did you know that theRead more about The Future Death Of Worship Music[…]
Whether you’re just starting out leading worship, or you’ve been leading for years, it can often be a daunting task. Sometimes you can feel uninspired and lacking in creativity, or frustrated and unqualified to do the job. Here’s three simple tips for starters to keep you on the ball, and help you when you lead:Read more about 3 Simple Tips For A Worship Leader[…]
Worship is not music. We know that. Worship is a full-life offering, encompassing all our living. I was thinking recently as to what our Sunday morning sung worship times should look like, and decided one of the best pictures I could come up with was SWALK. Do you remember the times when you were atRead more about SWALK (Sealed With A Loving Kiss)[…]
So often we can sing songs, without fully appreciating the meaning – especially common with old hymns, where the language can be old fashioned or complicated. Sometimes words are used that are no longer in common use. Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing is a good example where we sing ‘Here I raise my Ebenezer’Read more about Do You Noel?[…]
One of our worship leaders sang Matt Redmans Heart of Worship this week and changed the lyrics to “I’m coming back to the heart of Christmas and it’s all about you, all about you Jesus”. Once the interruption to my ‘auto-worship’ mode had settled, the stinging truth of that one-word alteration began to settle inRead more about Coming Back To The Heart Of Christmas[…]
1 – Worship leaders & musicians are human
Many people see those who minister from ‘the platform’ as kind of special. Surely they are super-spiritual? Maybe really in tune with God? They are chosen and the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon them special powers? Use the Force Redman, use the Force!
Nope. Worship leaders and musicians are real people, with real problems, feelings, and issues. They wake up in a bad mood like you. They sleep in like you. They forget to read their bible, like you. Read more about 4 Things I’ve Learned About Worship Leaders & Musicians …
The terminology we use in church is often wrong when talking about worship. When we have a correct understanding of worship – that worship is all of our lives – our sleeping, breathing, thinking, moving of every minute of every day in dedication, honour and love of God, then the phrases we use in church beginning to lose sense.
The ‘worship leader’ should really be a ‘musical worship leader’ – because they are not leading me in worship while I’m at work or with my family etc. but only our time of singing. Read more about I Surrender All (or maybe 0.4%) …
No coffee left.
Argued with wife.
Alarm didn’t go off.
Drummer is late.
PA guy forgot.
Forgot your music.
Haven’t we all had at least one of the above (or something similar?), and if you’re like me, you may have had more than one on the same morning! Read more about Don’t Forget Your Heart …
After discussing our moral diet that comes from both secular music and other media such as televison, we are left with an important question.
What do we want our souls to feast on?
The easy answer to this question, is the Word of God. The Bible. 66 books of history, poetry, prophecy, teaching and inspiration, written as a love letter to humanity by God through his people.
But as musicians, worship leaders and songwriters, we need to take this responsibility seriously. Read more about Taylor Swift Being Prophetic? – Part 3 …
What defines you? What are you known for in your community, your peer group, your church, your work place?
People I’ve known in the past (no names, I promise!) have found their identity in various things: Read more about Who Am I? …