When you look at your music ministry, worship leading, etc... what is your scale of measurement as you determine if it is successful or not? What would you need to see for you to feel that something…Continue
"After reading this, I decided I should play my dad's '57 Strat for the worship service Sunday morning. If my (Epiphone) SG would stay in tune like the Strat, I'd play electric a lot more... I've been working on the…"
"So, what am I looking for? Musicians who do not see their voices or instruments as mere tools to support a separate thing called worship but, like Eric Liddell would state about his running, feel the pleasure of God when they sing or play to the…"
"I'd want it to be a church that actually enjoys music in the abstract sense - that is neither afraid of singing hymns with a real piano and organ nor afraid of playing contemporary material both like and unlike recordings. And that might have…"
"Not to be snarky, but... have you tried calling around to see if there's a church in your area that is looking for a contemporary worship leader ? It does seem like you've got a leader personality inside who is frustrated at not…"
"So what am I waiting for? Perhaps an end to this internal (infernal?) need to suggest "improvements" in my current praise team environment, so that I'll be in compliance with questionable best practices from people I've…"
"I suppose that's one of the drawbacks, or benefits, of being in a family. We get used to things that seem really awkward when viewed from outside, the little offenses and quirks, but we let them go and move on. I'm sure if the Hiwatt and…"
"Hey Greg! I'm sorry that you had that experience! We've all been there to one extent or another. You can't let that discourage you, but instead consider the reality of this...
When it comes to music in the church, EVERYONE is a…"
"While playing earlier this month during congregational singing, I became aware that the congregation wasn't singing. We were effectively playing a solo. Afterwards another band member approached me and asked if I'd seen a mutual relative…"
"Hey Nathan, good topic, just a quick question does the pastor use a stand / lectern? If so then he /she must need it for a good reason; even if they are nervous and new to preaching or old hats, there still is a reason. This will apply to the…"
"I played in a non-church band for a little while a few months ago, but finally got dropped when I explained that if I was playing until late on a Saturday night, I had to get home directly after, I couldn't make a big side trip to take the…"
"I suppose I faced this recently, though in a rather different way: I'd not been asked to play in a couple of months, and ended up contacting someone to ask "was I now quietly dropped?". Apparently not.
In one sense, success could be…"
"Well, the pastor who started our church had a saying, "Any worship service you walk away from was a good worship service." (that's a play on the old line about landing an airplane) So on those days when we struggle, I tell myself…"
When you look at your music ministry, worship leading, etc... what is your scale of measurement as you determine if it is successful or not? What would you need to see for you to feel that something has come of all of your time and efforts? What would make you feel like you've successfully lead the worship/music ministry of your church? What would make you feel like your actions as a Christian artist had been successful?I ask all of these questions as they came to me because of a comment from…See More
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!
Planetshakers, Passion, William McDowell, Jesus Culture, Vertical Church Band, North Point
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
Psalms 73:23-26 (NLT)
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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!