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  • 10 Tips for Leading Worship in a Church Plant (Part 2)

    10 Tips for Leading Worship in a Church Plant (Part 2)

    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.

  • 10 Tips for Leading Worship in a Church Plant (Part 1)

    10 Tips for Leading Worship in a Church Plant (Part 1)

    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.

  • Songs from Man Camp 2017

    Songs from Man Camp 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).

  • 6 Questions to Ask When Introducing a New Song

    6 Questions to Ask When Introducing a New Song

    I recently wrote about how to better serve our congregations​ by introducing fewer but more intentional new songs. In order to implement this intentionality, we need to first be asking the right questions when we do go searching for new songs. While this is not an exhaustive list, here are six important questions to ask of new worship songs.

  • Why You Should Introduce Fewer New Songs This Year

    Why You Should Introduce Fewer New Songs This Year

    While it is tempting to try and keep up with the overwhelming amount of new songs available to us today, we will actually serve our congregations better if we purposefully limit ourselves to fewer but more intentional new songs.

  • Worship Leading Wisdom from 1866

    Worship Leading Wisdom from 1866

    We introduced a retuned hymn several weeks ago at my church called “God the Spirit”. While the music is new, the lyrics are actually 151 years old, written by Samuel Stone in 1866. As I learned more about Stone, I was encouraged and challenged by his pastoral approach to worship leading.