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Nathan Gifford's Discussions

Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine Doswell on Tuesday. 10 Replies

I was in a discussion with someone about this yesterday and thought I'd drop it here for everyone to chime in on...What are your thoughts, practices, struggles, etc with worship team members leaving…Continue

Tags: musicians, team, worship, commitment, leadership

Songwriting Contest Judging in Full Swing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Auralee yesterday. 2 Replies

Our contest judges (including myself) are buried in songs at the moment, in the process of judging them! We're trying to get them done in time! There are some really great songs that came through the…Continue

WTR Songwriting Contest Video

Started Jun 27 0 Replies

Check out our new video for the songwriting contest! Please share it, like it, etc and help to spread the word!Continue

Tags: contest, songwriters, songwriting

How to Put Together the Perfect Worship Service

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine Doswell Jun 22. 4 Replies

Here you have it... after all of these years of trying... the answers are now provided for you!…Continue

Tags: humor, planning, service, worship

 

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Kevin Auralee replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Songwriting Contest Judging in Full Swing'
"I was just logging in to check up on the winners... Well, I've waited this long. May the best submitted songwriters win! :)"
yesterday
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Songwriting Contest Judging in Full Swing'
"Songwriting Contest Update! As we received a large number of last-minute entries, we are giving our judges a couple of extra days to wrap up the judging. The winners will be announced this coming Monday, Aug. 21. Stay tuned!!"
yesterday
Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"WHAT?!!  I can hardly believe that pastor, well actually I can, but to admit it out loud to your dad and not think for one minute he was doing anything wrong, what's he thinking about, how insensitive.  Good on your dad for putting…"
Tuesday
Wulf Forrester-Barker replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"As a rule, I'd be surprised to see this happening. There might be valid reasons once in a while but I'd want to follow up if it was habitual. Anyway, in my present church, the longest block of music tends to be about 3 songs. It isn't…"
Monday
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"That's a MAJOR issue with me too Lorraine... when the preacher doesn't recognize the importance of worship enough to be in the service for that time. My dad is the head of a denomination for his state and I recall him getting on a pastor…"
Aug 13
Nathan Gifford replied to Lorraine Doswell's discussion 'Who wrote the song?'
"Even without a CCLI subscription I believe, you can use this search page: http://us.search.ccli.com/ Not every worship song is in the CCLI database... especially black gospel music... so you can also use http://www.allmusic.com. You can search by…"
Aug 13
Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"All situations are different as you have both mentioned eg paid musicians, multiple services and worship leading in the UK.  In my own situation, I find it very disrespectful and discourteous for musicians to leave and not listen to the…"
Aug 13
Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"Toni, yep, I can totally relate to your last sentence and been in that situation."
Aug 13
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"Actually trying to give people the benefit of the doubt in my phrasing.  :-( It has been previously observed on this site in a positive sense that a better worship band brings and retains more people to a church. Size, retention and giving are…"
Aug 12
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"Sensing some sarcasm. :)"
Aug 12
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"but why would you want someone helping to lead your church in worship that clearly isn't interested in what's going on?? One answer is that 'better' worship bands can draw a bigger crowd & more money in the offering =…"
Aug 12
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"The other piece to this is the churches that have paid musicians. I wouldn't expect them to participate in the rest of the service, although I'd highly encourage them. However, I've never used paid musicians for worship. I know some…"
Aug 11
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching'
"I'd expect the guys in the worship team to be proactively involved in the church (or denomination, if playing in a wider context) they play for, so it's not something I would expect to see regulary unless there was a good reason. In the UK…"
Aug 11
Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

Worship Musicians Skipping Out on the Preaching

I was in a discussion with someone about this yesterday and thought I'd drop it here for everyone to chime in on...What are your thoughts, practices, struggles, etc with worship team members leaving the sanctuary after worship and then just returning at the end when it's time to play/sing again... missing all of the preaching??I've seen this a lot over the years and have had to deal with people on occasion. Here are some key points from my view / experience:- Those on the worship team are…See More
Aug 11
Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

Songwriting Contest Judging in Full Swing

Our contest judges (including myself) are buried in songs at the moment, in the process of judging them! We're trying to get them done in time! There are some really great songs that came through the contest this year and we're excited to pass them along to everyone! Also excited about being able to connect one of these great songwriters with Integrity Music!Stay tuned for further updates!See More
Aug 10
Vic Salt replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Patriotic Worship Music'
"We are citizens of heaven, having looked in disgust at the voting of some of our "Christian" members of parliament and reflecting on my years of steering clear of church because of the actions of "Christians" I wrote these…"
Aug 7

Profile Information

Home Church:
Citipointe Church - Northern Colorado
Musical Gift(s):
worship leader, saxophone, keyboards, vocals, songwriting
About Me:
I grew up in the church as a PK (Pastor’s Kid) and was involved in the worship band from a young age. Growing up, I played saxophone not only in my church, but in various worship bands, events, camps and recording projects. I then graduated from Indiana University School of Music with a performance degree on saxophone. While in college, I began doing some worship leading in my local church, then other churches, then took a full-time music pastor position right after graduating. I served in that capacity (in a few places) for about 8 1/2 years. Then I switched gears and launched my own web development business (which I had done part-time while working in the church). After a brief break, I stepped into a new part-time music pastor position at a church plant and helped grow the church to about 550 members in 8 years. I have recorded 9 live worship CDs and been a part of many others during my 20 years of worship leading experience.

I was very involved in a local worship conference that lead to discussions of how to further and regularly resource and serve local church music ministries. Out of all of it, WorshipReady.com was born. It was created to become the highest quality worship chord chart resource, with direct connection to the iPad OnSong app, and also to build a community and overall worship leader resource. Then in October 2016, I took on the ownership of WorshipTheRock!

My wife and 1 of our 5 kids live in Loveland, CO, where we just moved to summer of 2017. Although not serving presently in a music pastor role, I am looking forward to getting connected in our new city and church!
Favorite Music:
Planetshakers, Passion, William McDowell, Jesus Culture, Vertical Church Band, North Point
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
Psalms 73:23-26 (NLT)

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At 8:24am on July 27, 2017, Lorraine Doswell said…

Hi Nathan,

Have replied to your email about the phone problem via private message and email just in case you didn't see either/or.

God Bless.  Lorraine

At 3:53pm on July 11, 2017, Leila Larson said…

Thank you! You are my first friend on this web site I am excited to learn more about ! My name is Leila  but you can call me Lee!    

At 3:02am on June 17, 2017, David Loeffler said…

Hi, just got back on, been busy with knee surgery etc. I just recently sold off all my electric stuff and am sticking with acoustic for our new direction in ministry. I got a Taylor 314CE instead  and love it. It works best for every situation!

At 6:58pm on May 17, 2017, Charles Dupuis said…

Hey Nathan, thanks for the welcome and friend request.  I have followed you guys for a couple of days and it's really nice to see the comradery, support, and transparency among you guys. Charlie (from Louisiana)

At 1:11pm on April 25, 2017, Cocoy Claravall said…

Thanks for adding me here. God bless you Nathan ... on a slightly different note, so sorry the Pacers didn't make it past the Cavs :)

Cocoy

At 8:34am on November 14, 2016, Jonathan Skeet said…

Hi Nathan, thanks for adding me, and greetings from the Deep South. (Of England, that is!)

God bless,

Jonathan

At 9:25pm on November 11, 2016, Daniel Garvin said…

Congratulations on your appointment brother! We're keeping you in our prayers and humbly ask you to keep us in yours. Blessings!!

Daniel -Æternal Ministries

At 10:20am on April 29, 2016, PASTOR CHRIS IWELUMO said…

"I pray the good God almighty bless you all Spirit, Soul and Body and grant you your request in Jesus name"
http://iwelumochristopher.wix.com/chris1

At 11:27am on April 8, 2016, Lorraine Doswell said…

Hi Nathan,

A very warm welcome to Worship The Rock.  Great to have you on the site.

Blessings.  Lorraine

 
 
 

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