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WTR Songwriting Contest Video

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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 on Thursday. 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

Do you post Sunday set lists to social media for your congregation?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Wolff Jun 21. 2 Replies

I've seen some churches that post their Sunday set list on social media during the week so the congregation knows what songs are being sung on Sunday. I can see both pros and cons to this. Any of you…Continue

Tags: media, social, list, set

Patriotic Worship Music

Started this discussion. Last reply by Toni on Friday. 5 Replies

With July 4th coming up soon in the USA, what are those of you in this country doing in your worship services? Personally, I struggle with utilizing songs during the regular worship set that are not…Continue

Tags: holidays, seasonal, patriotic

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Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

WTR Songwriting Contest Video

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1 hour ago
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Patriotic Worship Music'
"In a slightly less reactionary mode, I suspect that being British (OK, ich bin Osterreicher, but effectively British) we don't do the patriotism thing and for us there is no challenge to choose between faith and state. For some other…"
Friday
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Patriotic Worship Music'
"It would appear we're all pretty much on the same page. :) Leave the worship for what it is intended for... worship. I think having a special song can be effective to recognize the special day, but without taking away from the congregational…"
Friday
Wulf Forrester-Barker replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Patriotic Worship Music'
"Word! Even before seeing the comments from Charles and Toni, I was thinking along these lines. Earlier this evening, I was leading a discussion group in considering the topic of heaven and one of the passages we looked at was Php 3:20…"
Thursday
Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'How to Put Together the Perfect Worship Service'
"I've shared already, hope OK Nathan.  "
Thursday
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'How to Put Together the Perfect Worship Service'
"Yeah, I was glad to come upon this. Pretty funny so I had to share. :)"
Thursday
Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'How to Put Together the Perfect Worship Service'
"When I read the title of the discussion, I thought, right, I'm just in the mood for a good old argument : ) I love this, best thing I've read in a long while : ) Thanks Nathan."
Thursday
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Patriotic Worship Music'
"You can't serve 2 masters, so it's probably good to know which one you want to follow and select songs accordingly."
Thursday
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'How to Put Together the Perfect Worship Service'
"I'm sure we do all things, possibly even at the same time. ;-)"
Thursday
Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

How to Put Together the Perfect Worship Service

Here you have it... after all of these years of trying... the answers are now provided for you!See More
Jun 21
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion '2017 WorshipTheRock Worship & Christian Songwriting Contest'
"Thanks for the answers!  I like the improvements to the contest."
Jun 21
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion '2017 WorshipTheRock Worship & Christian Songwriting Contest'
"The top 6 songs from each category will included on a compilation CD, yes, which will be digitally released only. No physical CDs replicated. This will be available for purchase (cheap) on iTunes, but also available on Spotify and such. Nothing like…"
Jun 21
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Patriotic Worship Music'
"I tend to stay away from "patriotic" songs anyway because I'm not entirely comfortable with the idea of the church throwing its seal of approval in that direction, especially currently... I heard that the US government might be…"
Jun 21
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion '2017 WorshipTheRock Worship & Christian Songwriting Contest'
"So I recall noticing in the Twitter and/or FB announcements that there is going to be some way for the rest of us to listen to (purchase?) some or all of the entries in the contest this year.  Is such a thing available for the previous…"
Jun 21
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Do you post Sunday set lists to social media for your congregation?'
"We do not post setlists ahead of time, though I do email them out to the band early in the week.  Part of the reason we don't is that we generally do the songs in different keys / different song structure (might drop a verse or something)…"
Jun 21
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Do you post Sunday set lists to social media for your congregation?'
"No. We do post the sermon topic, and post the sermon afterwards but no streaming. Attracting and retaining musicians is hard once they see what we do. Dittoes for tech people. When you have a large older contingent, you hear a great deal of,…"
Jun 21

Profile Information

Home Church:
Grace Assembly of God
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 our 5 kids live in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and are an active part of our local church. Although not serving presently in a music pastor role, I still minister in various roles and places, but am putting more of a focus on the family at the present.
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 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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