Gospel Centered Worship

The Roundup is a curated collection of new content from around the web that all relates to worship in the Church. Click the titles below to follow the links.

1. Songwriting and Mixed Motives

A new post that’s out on the Doxology & Theology blog about songwriting for the church and the motivation behind it. “Writing songs for congregational worship is hard. It is humbling. It will remind you that you aren’t the amazing songwriter that you think you are. It will show you the evil desires in your heart. But it is good. It is a privilege.”

2. Putting Words In Your Mouth

Crucial reminder from Colossians 3:16 about the responsibility we have as worship leaders when we put words in our congregation’s mouths.

3. Doxology & Theology Conference Audio: The Worship Pastor

Listen to Zac Hick's breakout session from Doxology & Theology on his book The Worship Pastor. I haven’t gotten to Zac’s book yet, but it’s coming up in my reading list soon. Can’t wait to get to it!

4. The Role of a Shepherd (Video)

Short devotional thought from Aaron Ivey at The Austin Stone on worship leaders’ roles as spiritual shepherds in ministry.

5. Rinkart on Corporate Thanksgiving

Amazing background on Rinkart’s hymn “Now Thank We All Our God”! I was not aware the suffering that this hymn was born out of.

6. Mixing Arrangement Rules

Article from audio engineer David Stagl (www.goingto11.com) about mixing sonic textures versus distinct musical parts. Would be helpful for church audio volunteers to distinguish what they’re listening for, depending what type of music you use in your church.

7. Short Thoughts on Lamentation – Part 1 

Zac Hicks is writing on lamentation during this season of Lent. I love his thought on how lament “trains our spiritual muscle for the day of testing”.

8. The Church Collective Podcast Episode 124: Kristian Stanfill

This is a short 15 minute podcast interview with Kristian Stanfill from Passion Worship Band. Passion played a huge role in my early development as a worship leader. It’s fun to hear some of what it takes to pull the Passion conference off every year and how they go about preparing new songs.

by Calvin Hemphill

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