November 22, 2017
November 19, 2017
Last week was Part 1 of 10 Tips for Leading Worship in a Church Plant. If you haven’t already, make sure to go back and read that post first before you go any further. As I said in my previous post, leading worship in a church plant setting is unique in that you have the opportunity to develop a ministry from scratch. In many ways, you are laying a foundation that will impact your church for years to come – so it’s crucial that you start well. While there are lots of resources aimed at worship leaders in established churches, I have found a lack of materials for equipping worship leaders in church plant contexts – hence the reason for these posts. So, without further adieu, here is Part 2.
November 13, 2017
Five years ago I moved to Bend, Oregon, to help lead worship for a young church plant. At the time, I didn’t fully understand what I was getting myself into, but I was convinced that God had led me there for a purpose. Five years later, I can say that leading worship in a church plant is both good work and hard work. It is humbling and flat out exhausting at times, but also joyous and life giving. Most of all, it’s a privilege to have a front row seat watching God build his church.
November 03, 2017
October 24, 2017
A couple months ago I preached my first sermon from Colossians 3:16, focusing on the role that singing plays in the life of a local church. The main thought I wanted our congregation to leave with was this: singing together as a church is an act of spiritual formation meant to renew our hearts in the gospel and deepen our love for God.
June 29, 2017
May 26, 2017
May 25, 2017
Last month several churches from Acts 29 Oregon gathered for an annual men’s retreat weekend called Man Camp out at Washington Family Ranch in Eastern Oregon. It was a great time of fellowship, outdoor activities, and spurring one another on towards Christ. This year I had the joy and opportunity to lead the singing during the main sessions (we rotate who leads each year).
April 13, 2017
Easter is only a few days away, but before that comes Good Friday – the day that churches around the world gather to remember Jesus’ crucifixion, death and burial. The day is called Good Friday because the death and suffering of Jesus, as horrific as it was, is the apex of God’s plan for saving his people from their sins. What man meant for evil, God intended for good.
April 06, 2017
When was the last time that you sang to God with thankfulness in your heart? I ask because I know how easy it is for my own heart to become numb, forgetful, or even callous to the glorious news of the gospel. Life runs at a reckless pace and, before you realize it, can swallow you in a sea of worry, anxiety, and stress. Yet Colossians 3:16 says that we are to sing with thankfulness in our hearts. How are we to do this when we feel all spent and dried up? How can we give thanks when our hearts are heavy and weighed down?