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Nathan Gifford's Discussions

Spontaneous Worship: Leading or Performing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine Doswell Jan 28. 4 Replies

I recently came upon a discussion around the topic of spontaneous worship and how to move in that direction while leading in worship. There was a large variety of opinions, and you get to hear (or…Continue

Tags: prophetic, spiritual, songs, corporate, song

What songs are you planning for 2018?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Wolff Jan 9. 5 Replies

What new (or older) songs are you planning on incorporating at your church in this new year? So many new worship projects come out all the time and I'm sure this year will be no different. Which…Continue

Tags: year, songs, music, new, planning

2017 Top 20 Downloaded Worship Chord Charts

Started Jan 2 0 Replies

The year of 2017 was a HUUUGE year of growth at WorshipReady.com in not only the number of charts we have available, but the amount of download activity we have by our subscribers! Download/import…Continue

Tags: popular, charts, chord

New "Worship The Rock 2017" Compilation Album

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Gifford Dec 19, 2017. 1 Reply

The new "Worship The Rock 2017" compilation album featuring this year's top 12 songwriting contest winners is now available on Spotify! Check it out and be sure to spread the word! If you have any…Continue

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Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Spontaneous Worship: Leading or Performing?'
"Nathan, this is one good article, thank you so much for posting. Just yesterday I was talking to a fellow musician who has read this article and who also commended it.  I do hope that many  people read this and draw upon its content as I…"
Jan 28
Nathan Gifford replied to Vinod Cherian's discussion 'Set List for January 2018'
"Our set list at Citipointe Northern Colorado this Sunday: In The River - Jesus CultureHeaven Roars - Citipointe LiveFall Afresh - Belonging CoCloser To Your Heart - Belonging Co"
Jan 24
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Spontaneous Worship: Leading or Performing?'
"Thanks for the input guys! Good discussion. :)"
Jan 22
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Spontaneous Worship: Leading or Performing?'
"A couple of comments arise when reading through. Revivals happen independant of church worship style. The great traditions see the whole meeting as worship. One might consider how a time of open worship could be expanded beyond music selection…"
Jan 21
Wulf Forrester-Barker replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Spontaneous Worship: Leading or Performing?'
"Despite the fact I love it, I'm little cautious of the fact that, from the musicians end of the game, spontaneous worship can be suspiciously close to what would be called 'jamming' outside of the worship context. I think we can…"
Jan 19
Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

Spontaneous Worship: Leading or Performing?

I recently came upon a discussion around the topic of spontaneous worship and how to move in that direction while leading in worship. There was a large variety of opinions, and you get to hear (or read) mine now. :) Can you plan for a spontaneous moment? Should you even have spontaneous worship? If you do, are you still leading worship or are you just performing for the congregation?First, let's clarify a bit on exactly what we are talking about here. In a time of congregational worship, you…See More
Jan 17
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What songs are you planning for 2018?'
"Well, if it helps anybody out, I just did some youtubing and came up with a list of things (I think they're all fairly recent worship songs) to try out...  these are my notes from listening to the first minute or so of each song, these are…"
Jan 9
Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What songs are you planning for 2018?'
"I don't recall mentioning anything about a break : ) : ) Haha. Since posting a couple of hours ago it has come about that I will be doing a spot of worship in school for children aged five to nine or a bit older.  This is new to me so will…"
Jan 8
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What songs are you planning for 2018?'
"Christmas has been over for two weeks! How much of a break do you need?! hahaha :)"
Jan 8
Lorraine Doswell replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What songs are you planning for 2018?'
"Maybe it's because of the Christmas period and all the work that's involved both at home and at work but I feel in a bit of a worship stupor at this present time and have no sense of real direction...but it has always been a dream of mine…"
Jan 8
Joe Aiken replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What songs are you planning for 2018?'
"We have a few which came into circulation towards the end of last year that I think will continue in this... King of my Heart by Sarah/John Mcmillan  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpqSbKYxd9Y Come Thou Fount (a little rewrite of mine from a…"
Jan 4
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Jan 3
Mari K L left a comment for Nathan Gifford
"thank you for adding me as a friend"
Jan 3
Rob Hampton replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"Well said, Greg. There are certainly different contexts where sometimes thing are or aren't appropriate/helpful that might be in other contexts. On a side note, I love the idea of some rockabilly worship! Thanks for serving in the local church…"
Dec 28, 2017
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
""Here" I tend to think of my local church family, the theology it espouses and its working out in practice as normative Christianity. I don't think I'm alone in this. Being a family, sometimes we have disagreements, but I…"
Dec 28, 2017

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 10:22am on January 3, 2018, Mari K L said…

thank you for adding me as a friend

At 11:08am on December 5, 2017, Mat Bryan said…

Hey Nathan,

Thanks for adding me as friend. I'm looking forward to getting involved and building friendships and knowledge. Blessings.

At 5:52pm on October 28, 2017, Michael Schwabe said…

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the add. 

Be blessed

Michael

At 2:07pm on October 16, 2017, Herman Theodorus said…

Thank you Nathan.

At 4:51pm on August 21, 2017, Andy Magwood said…
Hi Nathan.
Thanks for the friend add.
God bless u bro.
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

 
 
 

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