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What the drummer does...

Started yesterday 0 Replies

I wish this wasn't true, but we all know... :)Continue

Tags: drummers

What is your measurement of successful music ministry?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Wolff yesterday. 11 Replies

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

Tags: leader, worship, artist, Christian, ministry

2018 Worship & Christian Songwriting Contest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Gifford May 24. 1 Reply

Hey everyone, the time has come and our annual songwriting contest is officially open!!…Continue

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You get chord charts from where?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Gifford Apr 30. 11 Replies

Come on people... let's be real... haha :)…Continue

Tags: guitar, ultimate, chords, charts, chord

 

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Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

What the drummer does...

I wish this wasn't true, but we all know... :)See More
yesterday
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
yesterday
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Saturday
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Saturday
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Saturday
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Saturday
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Saturday
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Thursday
Greg Newhouse replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Thursday
Nathan Gifford replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Music Stands on the Platform'
"Good point Allan! I've always had that same thought when the criticism of not having music memorized comes from the pastor who preaches from his notes, Bible, iPad, etc. hahaha :)"
Jun 11
Allan Midgley replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Music Stands on the Platform'
"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…"
Jun 11
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Jun 2
Toni replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
Jun 2
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What is your measurement of successful music ministry?'
"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…"
May 31
Nathan Gifford posted a discussion

What is your measurement of successful music ministry?

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
May 30
Jacob marvel emefiele left a comment for Nathan Gifford
"Tanks sir for d friend request"
May 26

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 7:28pm on May 26, 2018, Jacob marvel emefiele said…

Tanks sir for d friend request

At 6:04pm on April 30, 2018, Anna said…
Hi Nathan! Thanks for making my day by adding me as a friend! God bless you and your family and keep prospering you! ~~~Anna
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!

 
 
 

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