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The Future Of Contemporary Worship Updated

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Two years ago I wrote a post called The Future Of Worship Music. If you want to check it out click here. I still get feedback from this post, so it seems worthy of an update. Before we can talk about where contemporary worship music is heading, we have to talk about what has come before. […]

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Star Wars, Church, And Difficult Decisions

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Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet? Don’t worry I’m not going to spoil anything for you, but I am going to reference it. The character Rey has to make a hard decision. Does she go back to her home planet of Jakku where everything is familiar, or does she leave to begin an […]

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This Might Be The Next Musical Level For You And Your Worship Team

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How does your worship team play a song? Maybe you’ve never thought about this questions before. Maybe you feel like the answer is too nuanced to answer concisely. That wouldn’t surprise me. It’s an important question and it’s one worth thinking about. When you and your team are playing a random worship song, how are […]

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Weird Moments In Worship Ministry

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Leading worship is strange. It can make for some interesting stories. We all have them. Here are two of mine. I would love to hear yours. ONE FRET AWAY My church, Hope Des Moines, had just moved from an elementary school gym into our permanent building, a renovated car dealership. We hadn’t yet installed in-ear monitors and […]

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Alright Muscians, Let’s Talk Katy Perry And The Chords We Play

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Every musical genre has musical “signatures” to help us recognize a song as a certain genre. As one example, blues will regularly flatten the 5th note of the scale and bounce between a major and minor 3rd. If you didn’t understand that, don’t worry about it. While I might get a little technical in the […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Change And Your Comfort Zone

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Whether we are musicians or worship leaders, there are a lot of things that can stretch us out of our comfort zones. See if any of these hit home for you. Trying new songs Using click tracks Using multitracks Adding liturgical elements to your service Learning the Nashville Number System Being expressive on stage Recruiting […]

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Why The Nashville Number System Gives You An Advantage

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If you are a musician for a worship ministry that plays contemporary worship music, I have one piece of advice for you: learn the Nashville Number System. There is a tremendous advantage for church musicians who understand this system. For them, everything takes less effort. Why? Not because they are more talented. Rather, they seem […]

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The Moment I Became A Servant…Again

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January 11th, 2016. I’m sitting on a couch back stage of Lutheran Church Of Hope’s West Des Moines campus. I’m holding a 1986 Fender MIJ Telecaster (Reissue of a 1962 Custom) with my laptop running Ableton Live. I’m getting ready for the first rehearsal for Lutheran Church Of Hope’s first live recording. While some of the […]

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Dear Worship Team, Are You Bored Yet?

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See if this sounds familiar. You get an email from Planning Center Online saying you’ve been scheduled to serve on your worship team. You get excited. Playing your instrument for church is fun and rewarding. You want to try playing a part of the chord instead of the whole thing. (If you don’t know what I’m […]