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New "Worship The Rock 2017" Compilation Album

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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

Undistracting Excellence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Read Dec 8. 11 Replies

The latest blog at WorshipReady.com is "Undistracting Excellence" by Rob Hampton. You can read it here: …Continue

Tags: performance, musician, leading, worship

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our worship friends!

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Just wanted to drop a note here to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of our worship leader and musician friends! I know this is an American holiday and not everyone here is within the USA, but may this…Continue

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Christmas 2017 plans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Wolff Nov 28. 5 Replies

Is everyone working on Christmas plans already? What songs are you using this year? Be sure to include the artist as just saying "Joy To The World" won't be much help to anyone. :) I haven't seen a…Continue

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Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

New "Worship The Rock 2017" Compilation Album

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 related Spotify playlists, please consider adding these great songs to it! https://open.spotify.com/album/2BivsBVj26xfe43R2gpzifThis album will be available on iTunes any day now. For now, it…See More
Friday
Nathan Gifford left a comment for Carri
"Hey Carri! Nice to see you back on WTR! Looks like it's been a while. :) Hope we will continue to see you popping in on discussions... and creating your own too!"
Wednesday
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"My thoughts on this are similar to Greg's.  There are a number of reasons... 1) Supposing we are hoping for some encounter with God.  That, actually, is not something we can control: it is up to God, not us. So, I don't think we…"
Dec 8
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"Even if I do not feel His presence in some emotional or visceral way, or in the same way claimed by others, I would choose to worship. If I perceived that none of my prayers were being answered positively, I would choose to worship.…"
Dec 8
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I have had conversations about this topic where I gradually became aware that the people using the term meant something quite specific, that the quality of a worship experience to them was directly related to the prevalence of some visible…"
Dec 7
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I get what you are saying, and agree, but want to clarify a bit. You're right that the aim is not some physical response or experience. I don't think I said it was, but in case it could be perceived that way, I wanted to clarify that…"
Dec 7
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I don't disagree that worship will often be an experience. But I do disagree that the "experience" should be the aim.  It puts the focus back on us, when the focus should be on God.  I think the question works very well…"
Dec 7
Mat Bryan left a comment for Nathan Gifford
"Hey Nathan, Thanks for adding me as friend. I'm looking forward to getting involved and building friendships and knowledge. Blessings."
Dec 5
Rob Hampton replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"Hi Greg, thanks for the feedback! I'm intrigued...what do you mean by "here"? Are you thinking "time and place", as in maybe something is distracting or helpful sometimes or some places but not others? If so, I'm…"
Dec 4
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I have no issue with "worship experience" as I believe that's what it should be. Some may push away from that because they assume "experience" means you have to run around the building, be slain in the Spirit and speak in…"
Dec 4
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"Yes. It is interesting how certain words mean things so that we can converse and go away convinced we were understood, though we drew completely different conclusions from what was said. "Worship experience" is one of those phrases which…"
Dec 3
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I would probably remove the word "experience"."
Dec 3
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I would only add one word to your helpful question: "Is this distracting or helpful to the worship experience here?" Agreed on the general principles you have compiled."
Dec 3
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I think it's good when the band occasionally makes mistakes or has hiccups during worship - it enables the congregation to feel like they can be part of it too, rather than being afraid to intrude in the perfection with their un-rehearsed…"
Dec 2
Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

Undistracting Excellence

The latest blog at WorshipReady.com is "Undistracting Excellence" by Rob Hampton. You can read it here: https://www.worshipready.com/item/undistracting-excellence-a-daily-question-for-worship-musicians.htmlI'm pasting the content here. Please read and share your thoughts!It was one of those perfect moments of worship. It had nothing to do with the band or the song; it wasn’t the…See More
Dec 2
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Christmas 2017 plans'
"For anybody else trying to work out Advent setlists at the last minute (like me), here are some notes I took on a bunch of songs I wasn't familiar with.  For the record, our band has kind of a country-rock feel to it, nothing too heavy,…"
Nov 28

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 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

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

 
 
 

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